Boston Red Sox Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Rick Porcello, SP12/11/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in amulti-player deal involving Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox made a big move to bring Porcello in. he was solid last season going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's a career 2-1 in Fenway, but with an ugly 6.41 ERA and 1.475 WHIP, so be careful in expecting too much from him.
Hanley Ramirez, SS11/24/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.
Insight: What a day for Boston, as they also have reportedly locked up Pablo Sandoval to play third base. Ramirez actually may play left field for the Red Sox, if the team hangs on to youngster Xander Bogaerts. Nevertheless the deal will be four years worth $88 million. Boston will now focus on their starting pitching.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B11/24/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached an agreement on a five-year contract.
Insight: The deal is still pending a physical, but the contract is expected to be close to $100 million. Sandoval should fit into Boston's lineup very nicely.
Koji Uehara, RP10/30/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $18 million, and Uehara will be an option at closer for Boston in 2015.
Jake Peavy, SP10/8/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.
Insight: Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for Game 1. Tim Hudson is ready for Game 3. The series begins on Saturday.
Ryan Dempster, SP10/8/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster is retiring from baseball according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
Insight: Dempster did not pitch at all in 2014 due to a neck injury and decided he would like to spend more time with his family. Dempster played 16 seasons with five different teams. He finishes 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA in 2,387 innings.
Jake Peavy, SP10/3/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy helps San Francisco take Game 1 of the NLDS.
Insight: He did his job, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out three. Peavy was at 104 pitches when manager Bruce Bochy decided to take him out. The bullpen did their job, with Santiago Casilla earning the save.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/30/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. The Red Sox pitcher will hope to bounce back in 2015 after finishing this season with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings. Buchholz was much better in 2013 with a 1.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/29/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the team is interested in signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a long-term contract.
Insight: Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015, the final season of his current deal before he hits free agency. The outfielder said he has not yet decided if he wants to resign with Boston. Cespedes hit .269 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games with Boston. With the Athletics and the Red Sox, Cespedes had a career-high 100 RBI in 2014.
Koji Uehara, RP9/29/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson.
Insight: The problem is the one-year qualifying offer on this year's market is expected to be around $15.1 million. That is quite a hefty price for a 40-year-old closer that blew three saves after Aug. 21. We expect the Red Sox to try and bring Uehara back but will try and negotiate with him on the open market.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold9/29/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. He wasn't very good this season, going 8-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to the disappointment of fantasy owners who remember he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.025 WHIP in 2013.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/28/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Yankees in the season finale.
Insight: All four runs came in the third inning, which included four hits. One of the hits was Derek Jeter's last of his career. Buchholz improved as the season went, but still struggled at times and finished with a 5.34 ERA.
David Ortiz, DH9/28/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury. He will likely finished 2014 batting .263 with 35 home runs and 104 RBI.
Jake Peavy, SP9/27/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy goes five innings in final start of 2014.
Insight: San Francisco did not want to tire him out oo much, as Peavy only threw 92 pitches. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks, to go along with three strikeouts. Peavy finishes 2013 with a 7-13 record, 3.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
David Ortiz, DH9/27/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Saturday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury and probably won't play in the final two games.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/27/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not expected to play in the final series, according to beat reporter Sean Adams.
Insight: Too bad, because Napoli has hit Mashahiro Tanaka well with two home runs in six at-bats. He'll finish the season batting .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI, well below preseason expectations.
David Ortiz, DH9/26/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury and probably won't play in the final three games.
Allen Craig, OF/1B9/26/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig's season has been a disaster, batting .217 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 448 at-bats. So much more was expected after last season's .315 with 13 HR, 97 RBI and .830 OPS. He does have a favorable matchup Friday night.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/25/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo blasts first homerun of career.
Insight: He took Steven Geltz deep in the third. Castillo had three RBI and a double as well. He has a ton of upside heading into 2015.
Allen Webster, SP9/25/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Allen Webster pitches well against Rays.
Insight: He earned the win, going seven innings of one-run ball, with five strikeouts. Webster is now 5-3 with a 5.03 ERA, to finish up 2014.
David Ortiz, DH9/25/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the lineup against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: It is ashame for fantasy owners because Ortiz has great numbers against Jeremy Hellickson in his career. But the Red Sox feel content in not giving it their all the last week. Yoenis Cespedes will be the designated hitter on Thursday.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/25/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is out again on Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Napoli hasn't played since last Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in one of his fingers. At this point, do not count on Napoli returning this weekend. Allen Craig is starting at first base on Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH9/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting .385 with three home runs and four RBI against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson in his career.
Insight: Ortiz had the day off on Wednesday, but with this matchup, we expect him to be back in there on Thursday. He should be in your lineup too.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/24/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has nice night at the plate Wednesday.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with three RBI, and a run scored. It's a nice outing for Bogaerts, as he has struggleed with a .239/.298/.363 line this season. He will look to bounce back in 2015.
David Ortiz, DH9/24/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Wednesday is not the day to start Red Sox DH David Ortiz in your fantasy lineup.
Insight: He's just 1-for-10, a single, against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Big Papi has hit 35 homers and knocked in 104 runs this year, the eighth time he's put together a 30-100 season.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/23/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox scratched shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the starting lineup on Tuesday due to a neck injury.
Insight: Bogaerts left Sunday's game against the Orioles with a stiff neck and is still not feeling well enough to play. Jemile Weeks will play shortstop on Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/23/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is an ugly 2-for-16 (.125) without an extra-base hit and four strikeouts versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: The trade of Cespedes to Boston hasn't helped either team or the hitter. This season between Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .228 with 22 home runs and 97 RBI, but his OPS is down 39 points since coming east.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/23/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Bogaerts left Sunday's game, but is expected to be available for Tuesday's contest. The shortstop is hitting .237 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI.
Joe Kelly, SP9/21/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly goes seven innings to earn his third victory for Boston.
Insight: He pitched well, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, while striking out five. Kelly is now 3-2 with the Sox, and has lowered his ERA to 4.00. At 26-years-old, Kelly could prove to be a steal moving forward.
David Ortiz, DH9/21/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: It is just a routine day of rest for Big Papi. He continues to rake the ball, as he is third in the AL with 35 homeruns and tied for third with 104 RBI. Ortiz has shown no signs of a decline, just yet.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP9/20/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa was ineffective Saturday against Baltimore.
Insight: He suffered the loss, and is now 4-8 on the year. De La Rosa went only four innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He is not a relevant fantasy starter.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/20/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is hitless in 18 at-bats against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Middlebrooks has done nothing this season in limited at-bats this season (.188, 2 HR, 19 RBI) . He likely won't be in the starting lineup anyway.
David Ortiz, DH9/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles, but should not be in fantasy lineups for Saturday.
Insight: That's because he's an ugly 2-for-24 (.083) without an extra base hit against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Ortiz has once again put up solid power numbers with 34 homers and 102 RBI, this just isn't a good matchup.
David Ortiz, DH9/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ortiz actually opened up the Red Sox scoring with a solo home run in the fourth. He drove in a run on a single in the fifth as Boston took a 3-1 lead. Then in the 10th, he hit a two-run bomb to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory. It was Ortiz's fifth multi-home run game of the year and second of September.
David Ortiz, DH9/18/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for a week tending to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/18/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is not in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.
Insight: Castillo made his major league debut on Wednesday and recorded his first major league hit on an infield single in four at-bats. The 27-year-old will be slowly moved along over the last week and a half of the season. Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center field on Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH9/17/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Not unexpected as they are in an NL city and there is no DH available. Ortiz is batting just .263, but with 32 home runs and 99 RBI. He might get one start out of the three-game series.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/17/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have called up outfielder Rusney Castillo.
Insight: He hit .282 with one homerun and two stolen bases in 39 at-bats, during his tenure in the minors. Castillo should see plenty of time for the remainder of the season, making him very worthy for owners to take a flier on.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot9/17/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: After a dreadful start to the season, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz has been on fire of late.
Insight: He is 3-0 with 1.66 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over his past three starts. Even with a tough matchup in Pittsburgh, Buchholz could be worth a flier for a daily fantasy play.
Jake Peavy, SPHot9/17/2014 12:24:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy pitched seven and 2/3 innings of one run ball, struck out four and walked one to beat the Diamondbacks, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Peavy allowed five hits. Since the trade to San Francisco, Peavy is 6-4 with a 2.16 ERA. He has also allowed just six runs in his last 48 innings.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/16/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 on Tuesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Bogaerts was the only notable Red Sox player on the night as the Pirates shut them out. The shortstop is hitting .243 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
David Ortiz, DH9/16/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Tuesday staring lineup.
Insight: Ortiz left for a family emergency Sunday but should be back in time for the game. They are playing in Pittsburgh which means no DH, however, so he likely would only start one of the three games anyway.
Allen Craig, OF/1B9/16/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig may have potential to break out of his season-long slump Tuesday night.
Insight: It is a bold statement, as Craig is just 7-for-59 since joining the Red Sox, and has simply not been the same player since his Lisfranc injury a season ago. However, he has fantastic numbers (.458 BA in 24 AB) against Pirates' starter Charlie Morton, and could be a great play in daily leagues tonight.
Xander Bogaerts, SSHot9/14/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Red Sox over the Royals, 8-4, on Sunday.
Insight: Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added an RBI in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Bogaerts is hitting .368 in September and has a eight-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Bogaerts has three home runs.
David Ortiz, DH9/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game against the Royals due to a family emergency.
Insight: Ortiz has already left to return home to the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners should not count on him to play in Pittsburgh at the beginning of next week.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/14/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 12-for-32 (.375) against Royals starter Jason Vargas in his career.
Insight: Napoli has also hit for power in this matchup, batting two doubles and going deep four times. It is a bit risky starting Napoli because he is 0-for-11 in his last three games, but historically, he hits very well against Vargas.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/13/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are expected to call up Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Castillo has played well at three different minor league levels with the Red Sox farm system since signing a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract on Aug. 22. He likely won't get regular starts these last two weeks, but he will certainly be on the fantasy radar next season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/10/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will undergo season-ending surgury Thursday, according to Red Sox beat writer Tim Britton.
Insight: Pedroia has been playing with wrist pain for most of the season. He's hitting .278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI this season. Hopefully he'll be ready to go next spring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/10/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore having caught the bug that's been going around the Red Sox clubhouse.
Insight: It's a shame as Middlebrooks has an excellent matchup Wednesday against Wei-Yin Chen. He's a career .421 hitter against the Orioles left-hander. Update: Middlebrooks is not in the lineup.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B9/10/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Nava was 2-for-2 on Tuesday getting on base three times. The outfielder has put up decent numbers in limited action. He is hitting .265/.342/.348 with 20 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 36 runs in 313 at-bats.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/10/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore having caught the bug that's been going around the Red Sox clubhouse.
Insight: It's a shame as Middlebrooks has an excellent matchup Wednesday against Wei-Yin Chen. He's a career .421 hitter against the Orioles left-hander.
Brock Holt, IF/OF9/10/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt is still dealing with an illness as well as a sore neck and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore. The realistic hope is he can be ready for the weekend.
Insight: He's batted .281 with four homers, 29 RBI, 68 runs, 12 steals and an .711 OPS in 449 at-bats. His position flexibility (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF) makes him a valuable fantasy option.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/9/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Bogaerts accounted for all the runs Boston scored on his solo home run as the Red Sox lost, 4-1. Bogaerts is hitting .235 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI this year.
Jemile Weeks, 2B9/9/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Boston backup second baseman Jemile Weeks will get a rare start Tuesday night.
Insight: Weeks has just three plate appearances in four games, so this isn't likely to be a regular thing. He's a career .259 hitter with a mediocre .679 OPS so his fantasy value is minimal.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/9/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He has played four games since returning from a concussion and is likely just getting a routine day off. Pedroia is hitting .278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI this season.
David Ortiz, DH9/9/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just 2-for-21 (.095) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz isn['t hitting for a high average this season, but he's still knocking them out of the park (32 HR) and knocking in runs (98). I just wouldn't expect him to add to the list Tuesday.
Brock Holt, IF/OF9/9/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt is dealing with an illness that's going around the Boston clubhouse and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Holt has been a jack of all trades this season playing at first, second, short, third and the outfield. He's batted .281 with four homers, 29 RBI, 68 runs, 12 steals and an .711 OPS in 449 at-bats. His position flexibility makes him a valuable fantasy option.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/8/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (illness) is back in the lineup on Monday night against the Orioles.
Insight: Napoli did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with an illness that made him dizzy. He is batting fifth and playing first base on Monday.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/7/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with a RBI on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Bogaerts has been feast or famine lately. In his last 10 games, he has hits in five of them but in four of those five games, he has two hits or more. He is batting .333 with four doubles, a home run and five RBI in that stretch.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/7/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-24 (.167) lifetime against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Boston is sitting typical fantasy starters David Ortiz and Mike Napoli on Sunday, and it would be the best idea for fantasy owners to also sit Pedroia. He has played just two games since returning from a concussion and has gone 2-for-8 with a double in those two games. Pedroia is hitting .280 with seven home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/7/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (illness) is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Napoli left Saturday's game after an illness made him dizzy. He will likely return in a day or two. Allen Craig will start at first base on Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH9/7/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: It looks to be just a day of rest for the 38-year-old. Yoenis Cespedes will DH Sunday.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot9/7/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched six and 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two in a victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Buchholz has come on strong to end the season, which is nice to see because he had much stronger first halves to the season the last two years. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his last three starts. For the season, however, Buchholz has been pretty disappointing, going 7-8 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 146 1/3 innings.
Edward Mujica, RP9/7/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox relief pitcher Edward Mujica earned his fourth save of the season on Saturday as the Red Sox held off the Blue Jays, 4-3.
Insight: Mujica came into the ninth inning with one out. He worked around a two-out walk to Jose Bautista to record the save. Koji Uehara has apparently hit a wall, so the closing duties seem to be falling to Mujica for the rest of the season. Pick up Mujica if you can.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/6/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays due to illness.
Insight: Napoli was 1-for-1 and scored a run prior to leaving. Outfielder Daniel Nava replaced Napoli, who more than likely will not return on Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/5/2014 11:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston defeated Toronto, 9-8.
Insight: Cespedes started the Red Sox scoring in the first inning with a single that scored Brock Holt. The left fielder finished with two RBI and a run. This season with Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .266 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI.
Edward Mujica, RP9/5/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Edward Mujica will fill in at closer until Koji Uehara rests over the next few days.
Insight: Mujica hasn't exactly lit it up, going 2-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.357 WHIP. He's earned three saves this season and blown one. He has experience in the closer's role having notched 37 saves in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Koji Uehara, RP9/5/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will take a couple of days off after his blown save Thursday against the Yankees.
Insight: Uehara has allowed 10 earned runs in his last six appearances. Edward Mujica is expected to act as closer while Uehara rests.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/5/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) is in his customary No. 2 hole in the Boston lineup for Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Pedroia passed all other concussion tests. The second baseman suffered a concussion last Saturday when a forearm hit his head on a collision at second base. It hasn't been a great season for the Laser Show, batting .280 with seven homers, 51 RBI and a .720 OPS. The OPS is at its lowest point since 2006.
David Ortiz, DH9/5/2014 12:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz cracked a pair of home runs Thursday night against Yankees pitching.
Insight: Ortiz isn't the best DH this season, that award will go to Victor Martinez, but Ortiz has done his job of knocking in runs. He's hit 32 homers and is just two short of his eighth 100-RBI season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/4/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) expects to play Friday according to Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net.
Insight: Doctors still need to examine and clear Pedroia, but he has passed all other concussion tests so far. The second baseman suffered a concussion last Saturday when a forearm hit his head on a collision at second base.
Allen Craig, RF9/4/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 8-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI in his career against Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Even with the solid numbers against Capuano, Craig has been in such a slump that it is hard to put him in your lineup at this point. He is 0-for-9 in his last three games and has just three hits in 28 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 21.
David Ortiz, DH9/3/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a lifetime .550 hitter (11-for-20) versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late including a routine day off Monday. He's just 2-for-15 over his last four games, but this favorable matchup should get him going again. He's batting .263 on the season, but producing solid numbers with 30 HR and 95 RBI. Start him.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B9/2/2014 11:25:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava hit a three run home run to propel the Red Sox past the Yankees, 9-4.
Insight: Nava was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs. The outfielder has put up decent numbers in limited action. He is hitting .263/.340/.345 with 18 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 35 runs in 293 at-bats.
Kelly Johnson, 3BCold9/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Orioles utility man Kelly Johson should not be in any fantasy lineups Tuesday as he's 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: The 32-year-old has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .212 with six homers, 23 RBI and a .644 OPS. He doesn't have a starting role with his new team and should be a spot starter ... at best.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/1/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Napoli hit .175 in August. He has 17 home runs in 386 at-bats but just 51 RBI. The 32-year-old drove in 92 runs in 498 at-bats last year.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/1/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) will miss his second consecutive game Monday.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. His return is unclear as it always is with concussion issues and protocols.
David Ortiz, DH9/1/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup for Monday against Drew Smyly and the Rays.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but had a nice 4-for-7 history against Smyly so this is a bit of a surprise. Napoli will be the DH, despite an 0-for-7 mark against the left-hander.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is hitless is seven at-bats versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: Napoli is just 3-for-37 (.081) over the past seven games and combined with a poor matchup should be on the fantasy bench for the day.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/31/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double and run.
Insight: Bogaerts is 2-for-7 since returning from the seven-day disabled list.
Mookie Betts, CF8/31/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 with a double, run, and RBI against the Rays on Sunday.
Insight: His fantasy value is still very limited. Betts is hitting .259 in 85 at-bats with three home runs and eight RBI this season.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot8/31/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-0, on Sunday.
Insight: Buchholz may be coming off the best two starts of his season. He threw eight and 1/3 innings against Toronto last week and allowed three runs on four hits in a no-decision. Buchholz out did himself, completing the shutout for his sixth victory on Sunday. He is 6-8 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP this year.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/31/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is just 1-for-13 against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: Cespedes has been consistent this season whether with Oakland or Boston, but his missing bat in the A's lineup has been noticed as his former team is scoring a run a game less without him. Cespedes is not a good play Sunday.
Jake Peavy, SP8/31/2014 8:55:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy out-dueled young Mike Fiers going 7 2/3 IP and yielding just one hit and no runs as San Francisco edged Milwaukee 3-1.
Insight: Peavy does not have good season-long number, posting a 4-13 record with a 4.15 ERA even after this masterful outing, but he is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA for the Giants.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/30/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was forced from Saturday night's game after taking an elbow to the face during a slide into second base.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. Hopefully it won't effect his hot bat when he returns.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/30/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Bogaerts began experiencing concussion-like symptoms after Felix Hernandez hit him in the helmet with a pitch last Friday. He is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Rusney Castillo, CF8/30/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Sunday according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: He will play in the Gulf Coast League finals on Sunday and make his way to the postseason series at either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. Eventually, he is expected to join the Red Sox in September.
Mookie Betts, CF8/30/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts hit a grand slam to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 8-4, on Friday.
Insight: Betts' first career grand slam pretty much put the game out of reach as the home run increased the Boston lead to 8-0 in the second inning. The Red Sox prospect finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .253 with three home runs and seven RBI in 79 at-bats this year.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli should not be in fantasy lineups Friday versus the Rays and Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in their matchups. The 1B has been swinging a cold bat, hitting just .152 over the past two weeks (eight games). Keep looking.
David Ortiz, DH8/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-12 with a home run and eight RBI against Rays young right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but Big Papi is batting .267 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI this season.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/28/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Ranaudo allowed four earned runs over six innings in a spot start on August 13. He is a risky play on Friday, but if you are in a pinch, there are worse options. The 24-year-old has a 2.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 111 strikeouts and 54 walks in 138 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/27/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the lineup Saturday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DH8/27/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz fouled a ball off his right foot on Sunday and sat out both games on Monday and Tuesday. Big Papi is batting .265 with 30 home runs and 93 RBI this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/27/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a mammoth three-run homer Tuesday against the Blue Jays after going 1-for-20 in his previous five.
Insight: Despite hitting .206 with 25 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this month, Napoli has also blasted four homers, driven in 14 runs and recorded a .779 OPS. He's been dealing with back spasms lately but has been in the lineup for five straight games, including Wednesday's.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/27/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the extra innings victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Insight: The second baseman surprised everyone with a home run off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning. Pedroia came into the matchup hitting .143 against Dickey's knuckleball. Pedroia has had a down season to his standards (.281/.341/.382) but is 3-for-10 with two home runs and six RBI in his last two games.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/26/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he has no plans to shut down Koji Uehara despite his recent struggles.
Insight: Uehara has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings and he blew two saves and lost two games in that span. Farrell said Uehara has not reported any symptoms of fatigue.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/26/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the team this weekend against the Rays, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DH8/26/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury and will miss his second consecutive game.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated. Mike Napoli will DH and Allen Craig will get the start at 1B.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/26/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .143 hitter (3-for-21) against R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: We expect more from Pedroia than the .280 batting average with six homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs scored and five steals. He will probably never again reach the level we remember from 2011 (.307, 21 HR, 91 RBI, 102 runs, 26 SB). Avoid this matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/25/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Pedroia's home run total has decreased in two straight seasons and likely will again in 2014 unless he hits three over his last 31 games. He has six in 127 games this season.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/25/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara blew his second straight save Monday at Toronto, but he picked up his sixth win of the year.
Insight: Uehara didn't exactly enter into the best situation, as Clay Buchholz had loaded the bases with one out in a 3-0 game. But those types of leads are usually safe with Uehara when he's on point. The 39-year-old has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings.
Clay Buchholz, SP 8/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz took a shutout and a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning Monday at Toronto, but he loaded the bases with one out and closer Koji Uehara allowed the Blue Jays to tie the score.
Insight: Buchholz continues to be incredibly inconsistent. He's given up at least six runs three times in his last six starts but allowed three or less and lasted seven or more innings in the other three during that span.
Mookie Betts, CF8/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a steal Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Betts, Boston's top prospect, has gone 4-for-9 with four walks and three steals in his last three games. He's started eight straight games in center field since he was recalled and he also has shortstop eligibility in Yahoo leagues.
David Ortiz, DH8/25/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated. Mike Napoli will DH and Allen Craig will get the start at 1B.
Allen Craig, RF8/25/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Craig wasn't hitting when he left St, Louis (.237) and hasn't hit in his first four games with Boston (.214), although he did knock out a couple of base hits Sunday in the series finale with Seattle. prehaps with this favorable matchup, it's the start of a turnaround.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/24/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes has driven in 18 runs in his last 16 games and he now ranks ninth in baseball with 85 RBI.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/24/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Friday and hasn't passed a concussion test yet. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/24/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/24/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners with a bruised left elbow, but is expected to return Sunday, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Fantasy owners should watch carefully as Ortiz has an excellent record against Sunday's starter Hisashi Iwakuma. He's 4-for-7 with a double and a pair of home runs versus the Mariners ace right-hander. Update: Ortiz is in Sunday's starting lineup
David Ortiz, DHHot8/23/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners with a bruised left elbow, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Ortiz was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for him in his next at-bat.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/23/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch and he isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: The Red Sox are waiting for his concussion test results. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then. Brock Holt is starting at shortstop Saturday.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/22/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara imploded Friday against the Mariners, allowing five runs after entering with a 3-0 lead.
Insight: Uehara gave up five hits and walked one while recording two outs. The right-hander has allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings his last three games after going 13 straight innings without giving up a run.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/22/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes has four home runs since joining Boston, and all either gave the team the lead or tied the game. He's also driven in 16 runs in his 19 games with the team even though he's batted .230 in that span.
Joe Kelly, SP8/22/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly threw five scoreless one-hit innings Friday against the Mariners, but he was removed after 88 pitches for precautionary reasons, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: No word yet on what Kelly is dealing with. The right-hander has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 14/16 K/BB in 22 innings with Boston. He's always put a lot of men on base (career 1.39 WHIP), but he's not going to be able to work out of jams as often in the American League.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts is being evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Rusney Castillo, CF8/22/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Castillo's deal is the largest ever given to a Cuban defector, besting Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract. There's a chance the 27-year-old Castillo will get a shot in the majors this season.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/22/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting 11-for-34 (.324) in his career against Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Ortiz was not in the starting lineup on Thursday, so double check to make sure he is playing, but don't be afraid to start him against the potential AL CY Young Award winner. Ortiz is eight for his last 10 with two home runs. Update: Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/22/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting 11-for-34 (.324) in his career against Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Ortiz was not in the starting lineup on Thursday, so double check to make sure he is playing, but don't be afraid to start him against the potential AL CY Young Award winner. Ortiz is eight for his last 10 with two home runs.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/21/2014 11:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after one at-bat due to a family medical emergency.
Insight: He could return as soon as Friday, but we have no accurate information as of yet. The outfielder was 2-for-11 in the four-game set with the Angels and hasn't done much since being traded to the Red Sox.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/21/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Middlebrooks is still being bothered by tightness in his right hamstring. He left Tuesday's game looking uncomfortable after beating out a single. He's considered day-to-day.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/21/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and will take another day off Thursday.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
Allen Craig, RF8/21/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox activated outfielder Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Craig will serve as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. David Ortiz will take the day off. Boston will likely work Craig back into the lineup slowly due to his injury setbacks over the last year.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/21/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Thursday's starting lineup. Just activated Allen Craig will be the DH Thursday versus Matt Shoemaker and the Angels.
Insight: Ortiz seemed to hurt himself on one of his swings Wednesday night, so this isn't a big surprise. He is locked in, however, having gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/21/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Triple-A pitcher Anthony Ranaudo pitched six shutout innings on Tuesday, allowing seven hits, striking out four and walking one.
Insight: Ranaudo lowered his ERA at Pawtucket to 2.46. He has appeared in two games for the Red Sox this season and could be a September call up in a couple weeks.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/21/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Angels, but also seemed to be moving slower than normal.
Insight: Ortiz seemed to hurt himself on one of his swings. He is locked in, however, having gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/20/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Ortiz is locked in. He's gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/20/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli has never had 500 at-bats in a season and he won't get there this year. He's hitting .266 with 15 homers, 45 RBI and an .831 OPS, numbers that would be much more useful if he was still eligible at catcher.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has gone 15-for-50 (.300) with three doubles, four homers and 15 RBI in August.
Insight: Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks Tuesday against the Angels. He's fourth in the AL with 29 homers and leads the majors with 92 RBI.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/19/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game with an apparent injury, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. UPDATE: Middlebrooks has right hamstring tightness.
Insight: Middlebrooks looked uncomfortable after beating out a single and exited the game after being checked by the trainer. He's gone 8-for-46 (.174) with two RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes is presumably getting the day off in order to rest. The outfielder has not played well since being traded to the Red Sox. Cespedes has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/19/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a .226 career hitter against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Two of his seven career hits against Weaver, however, came when Pedroia went 2-for-3 against the Angels pitcher on August 8. Pedroia has four hits in his last 10 at-bats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/18/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness but is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: His matchup with C.J. Wilson is a favorable one as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Mookie Betts, 2B8/18/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Boston has recalled Mookie Betts to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. He'll bat eighth Monday night against C.J. Wilson and the Angels.
Insight: Betts hasn't lit the world on fire, but he's certainly been a better hitter than Bradley Jr. He's batted .244 in 41 big league at bats, but hit .335 at Triple-A Pawtuucket and .355 at Double-A Portland.
Jackie Bradley Jr., CFCold8/18/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been sent to the minors
Insight: Bradley has the glove to play in the majors, but we have yet to see a major-league or fantasy worthy performance at the plate. He's batting .216 this season with one home run, 22 extra-base hits, eight steals and a .578 OPS. Boston and fantasy owners need more from the outfield position.
Allen Craig, RF8/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Allen Craig will start his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The outfielder will likely spend two or three days with the minor league club.
Insight: Craig has been suffering from foot problems since late 2013 and until he proves he is healthy on the field, Craig does not hold much fantasy value. The outfielder is a career .291 hitter but is batting just .237 this season with St. Louis and Boston.
David Ortiz, DH8/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has struggled versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson going 2-for-16 (.125) with no homers and five strikeouts.
Insight: Ortiz had a solid weekend series against Houston with two homers and seven RBI. His batting average is a bit below expectations, but he's still supplying power (28 HR) and RBIs (91). This matchup, however, isn't a good one for Big Papi.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/18/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness and is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Fantasy owners hope he makes it back for the matchup with C.J. Wilson as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Houston and right-hander Collin McHugh.
Insight: It appears to be a regularly scheduled day off. Napoli has a modest four-game hitting streak to raise his average to .270 with 15 HR and 44 RBI in 99 games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/17/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia did foul a ball off his foot Friday night, but this appears to be a routine day off. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/16/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right foot in the third inning, but he's in the lineup Saturday, according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Pedroia stayed in the game until the eighth inning, but manager John Farrell took him out after he showed some discomfort while running to first base. His Fluoroscan came back negative.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/15/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Allen Craig, RF8/14/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: Boston 1B/OF Allen Craig is expected to head out on a rehab assignment by the end of the week.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump when he finally returns to the lineup.
David Ortiz, DH8/14/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Finally, Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the lineup.
Insight: It's tough to be a DH in a National League city. Ortiz and his fantasy owners will be happy to know Boston's next 31 games will have the DH.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/14/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a lifetime .414 hitter (12-for-29) versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Napoli came through with a big home run Wednesday night, but has gone 7-for-34 (.206) with 12 Ks over his last 11 games. Hopefully the home run will get him started in the other direction.
Jake Peavy, SP8/13/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy won his first game since April 25 Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Peavy went 0-12 with a 5.25 ERA in his previous 18 starts, including 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in his first three starts with San Francisco. He held the White Sox to four hits and one run in seven innings Wednesday. Despite his track record, he isn't a fantasy option.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/13/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Napoli has gone 11-for-57 (.193) with 18 Ks over his last 18 games, but he's hit three doubles and three homers while walking nine times in that span.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/13/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game with a bruised right hand.
Insight: It's unclear when he sustained the injury or how long he'll be out. We should know more later tonight.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/13/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz isn't in the lineup Wednesday afternoon at Cincinnati.
Insight: Boston can't use the DH in an NL park, so Ortiz will take a seat while Mike Napoli mans first base.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/13/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is getting a rare day off Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Pedroia has batted .364 with four doubles, a homer, six RBI, three steals and 11 runs in his last 16 games. He'll get his first day off since July 24 while Brock Holt plays second base.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/12/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight game Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: And for the second straight game, Cespedes' blast came in the eighth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead. We're excited to see how Cespedes takes to Fenway Park in Boston's 11-game homestand that starts Thursday. He played his first two games with the team there but Boston has been on the road since Aug. 5.
Joe Kelly, SP8/12/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Joe Kelly has posted a 2.08 ERA in two starts with the Red Sox.
Insight: However, he's walked seven batters while fanning six over 13 innings in those starts. Kelly has managed to post a career ERA in the low threes even though his career WHIP is close to 1.40. This year hasn't been much different (3.75 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/12/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have recalled pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo.
Insight: The 6-foot-7 right-hander will start Wednesday against the Reds. In his MLB debut on Aug. 1, he allowed two runs on four hits over six innings to beat the Yankees. Ranaudo has recorded a 2.65 ERA and 125 Ks over 156 innings in Triple-A the past two years.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/10/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has picked up multiple hits in 10 of his last 15 games.
Insight: Pedroia has gone 23-for-63 (.365) in that span, though just five of his hits went for extra bases. The second baseman is hitting .282 with five homers, 43 RBI, 61 runs, five steals and a .723 OPS this season.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/10/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' first home run with Boston was a big one -- his three-run shot broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Cespedes has gone 9-for-34 (.265) with five RBI in eight games with his new team, though he has only had a chance to play twice at Fenway Park. The Red Sox play two games at Cincinnati before coming home for an 11-game homestand. We're guessing Cespedes will enjoy his new digs.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP8/10/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa was terrific Sunday against the Angels, striking out eight batters and allowed five hits over seven innings of one-run ball.
Insight: The 25-year-old De La Rosa has gone 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 48 Ks in 67 1/3 innings this season. He'll be part of Boston's rotation the rest of the season.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/6/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Boston can't use the DH in an NL park, so Ortiz will sit after playing first base Tuesday. Mike Napoli is back in the lineup.
Allen Craig, RF8/5/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to his ongoing ankle issues.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump when he finally returns to the lineup.
Kelly Johnson, 3B8/4/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox utility man Kelly Johson is expected to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday and could return to Boston by Thursday.
Insight: The 32-year-old has been dealing with a groin injury. He's been a mostly a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .219 with six homers, 22 RBI and a .677 OPS. He doesn't have a starting role with his new team and should be a spot starter at best.
Allen Craig, RF8/4/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig was not in Saturday or Sunday's starting lineup after turning an ankle in Friday's final at-bat.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump.
Allen Craig, RF8/2/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig was not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off, though he did turn an ankle in his last at-bat Friday night. Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year.
Shane Victorino, RF8/2/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, will have season-ending back surgery, according to Boston beat writer Alex Speier.
Insight: Victorino played in just 30 games this season. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig to compensate, but Craig is also injured. Expect to see a lot of Brock Holt in the outfield.
Shane Victorino, RF8/2/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, will see another doctor next week and season-ending surgery on his back is certainly possible.
Insight: The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades Thursday, so Victorino injury won't hurt too much. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. will get most of the starts left by the Flyin' Hawaiian's absence.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/2/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will bat cleanup and play left field Saturday.
Insight: Cespedes had been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Boston fans hope he can be even better in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/1/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo won his MLB debut Friday and he did it against the hated Yankees.
Insight: Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, held the Yankees to two runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two in six innings. He went 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He should have a shot to remain in the rotation the rest of the season after Boston dealt four starters in the past week.
Shane Victorino, RF8/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder, but Mookie Betts will be playing there Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/1/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes had been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Boston fans will have to wait one more day before seeing what he can do in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/1/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats. He should get his 3B spot back with Xander Bogaerts moving back to shortstop.
Allen Craig, RF8/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig is 7-for-11 (.636) versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .637 OPS this year. Maybe this good matchup will help him get back to his normal level.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Boston traded Stephen Drew to the Yankees Thursday, allowing Xander Bogaerts to move from third base to shortstop and opening up a spot for Middlebrooks.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Shane Victorino, RF7/31/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues.
Insight: Victorino is expected to miss "some time," according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava will split time, with Cespedes moving over to center field when Nava starts.
Anthony Ranaudo, P7/31/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo will start Friday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: The Red Sox traded each of the pitchers who started their first four games this season -- Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront -- in the past week, so it's time to give some youngsters a shot. Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He's worth a shot in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Joe Kelly, SP7/31/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have traded Joe Kelly to the Red Sox along with Allen Craig in a deal for John Lackey.
Insight: Kelly has a 4.37 ERA this season and a 3.25 ERA in 266 career innings, but his WHIP is 1.38. He won't have fantasy value in the AL.
Allen Craig, RF7/31/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Allen Craig is going to Boston along with Joe Kelly in St. Louis' trade for John Lackey.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .637 OPS this year. Joining the Red Sox won't help his immediate fantasy value. The trade will open up a spot in the Cardinals' everyday lineup for Oscar Taveras.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/31/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: The A's have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.
Insight: Cespedes has been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Now he'll get to take aim at the Green Monster instead of playing in cavernous O.co Coliseum.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B7/30/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts had two doubles Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Bogaerts has rediscovered his swing since the All-Star break, going 13-for-41 (.317) with three doubles and two home runs. In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/30/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the night off on Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz is getting a routine day off against left-hander Mark Buehrle even though he has good career numbers against the veteran. Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 7/30/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has batted .375 with four doubles in 40 at-bats against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Pedroia has had a down season, hitting .274 with four homers, 38 RBI, 52 runs, three steals and a .709 OPS, but he's a solid option Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/30/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 25-for-79 (.316) with nine doubles and four home runs in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against Buehrle, who has struggled lately.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/29/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has officially been scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Brandon Workman will start in his place.
Insight: Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Lester could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B7/29/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs, but he's managed to go 11-for-37 (.297) with two home runs since the break.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/29/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is expected to be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/29/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It will be his second absence in three games and it appears to be a swollen finger. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Shane Victorino, RF7/29/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Tuesday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino is batting .273 in 29 games this season, he just can't seem to stay on the field.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/29/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: No injury that we know of, but it will be his second absence in three games. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold7/28/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Since he struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout on July 13, Boston starter Clay Buchholz has given up 23 hits, eight walks and 15 earned runs in his last 17 innings. The Blue Jays had seven hits, four walks and seven runs against him in five innings Monday night.
Insight: Buchholz posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in his first 29 2/3 innings after returning from the disabled list, but his struggles from earlier this season have returned. He's 5-7 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 96 2/3 innings.
Allen Webster, SP7/28/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Allen Webster will make another start for the Red Sox Saturday against the Yankees, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Webster allowed two runs on three hits, struck out four and walked five over 5 1/3 innings Sunday at Tampa Bay to win in his first start of the season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 100 Ks in 122 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up and is one of Boston's top pitching prospects.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/28/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-15 with two doubles and two home runs versus Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Ortiz has been on fire with five home runs and seven extra-base hits in his last seven games. The only one hotter is Cleveland's Carlos Santana (six homers in six games).
David Ortiz, DHHot7/27/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Ortiz was one of the top performers for the fantasy week from July 21-27. He hit .285 with five home runs and 12 RBI in seven games.
Shane Victorino, RF7/26/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Saturday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino has a six-game hitting streak, but has played the last four games and the Red Sox don't want to overwork him.
Jake Peavy, SP7/26/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has reportedly been traded to San Francisco.
Insight: Peavy is just 1-9 this season with a 4.72 ERA and 1.427 WHIP. Perhaps the Giants hope his return to the NL will spark a revival. He has a career record of 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.962 WHIP versus the division rival Dodgers.
David Ortiz, DH7/26/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .375 hitter (9-for-24) with three home runs against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game with back spasms, sat out Thursday, but returned Friday night. His favorable matchup along with four homers in the past six games makes him a must start.
Shane Victorino, RF7/25/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has hit safely in all six games since he came off the disabled list.
Insight: Victorino went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday at Tampa Bay and is 10-for-23 since he returned from the DL. He's been limited to 114 at-bats this season by injuries.
David Ortiz, DH7/25/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (back) is in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game with back spasms and sat out Thursday. One day off apparently was all he needed.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B7/25/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Tampa Bay starter David Price.
Insight: Nava has been playing every day in July and is batting .383 in 15 games, but this matchup should be avoided.
Stephen Drew, SSCold7/25/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is 0-for-10 against Rays ace David Price.
Insight: Drew has done little to excite fantasy owners batting .170 in 34 games and has had no success versus Friday's starter. Stay away.
David Ortiz, DH7/24/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: It's been called back spasms, according to Alex Speier at WEEI.com. Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
David Ortiz, DH7/24/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/24/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia has just one hit over the past five games (20 AB) so we like him getting a day off. Being a .269 hitter with four homers, 37 RBI and 50 runs is well below expectations for the former AL MVP.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/23/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit one out of the park for the fourth time in his last three games Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but the Red Sox lost two of them. Ortiz now has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .253 with 40 runs.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/23/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia doesn't have good numbers against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia is 2-for-15 (.133) against Dickey. He's also batting .150 (6-for-40) with one extra-base hit over his last 10 games and has collected just three extra-base hits and zero home runs in his last 27 contests.
Stephen Drew, SS7/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went deep for the second straight game Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Drew has gone 8-for-21 (.381) over his last six games after starting out the season 11-for-86 (.128).
David Ortiz, DH7/22/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz homered for the third time in his last two games Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has belted 23 homers and driven in 69 runs to make up for a disappointing .253 average and 39 runs this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/22/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the lineup Tuesday night with Brock Holt manning center field.
Insight: Victorino (.255, 1 HR, 10 RBI) played a couple of games over the weekend in his return from the disabled list, but sat out Monday's game.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 6-for-36 with a lone double over his last nine games and hitless in the past three contests.
Insight: The "Laser Show" hasn't done much over the first half of the season and fantasy owners are likely growing concerned. Contrary to his career numbers, Pedroia has been better on the road than in Fenway this season.
Stephen Drew, SS7/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Drew has picked up seven hits in his last 17 at-bats to lift his batting average to .175 on the season.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DH7/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went deep twice and drove in four runs Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz' .251 average and .839 OPS are below expectations, but he's on pace for 36 homers and 111 RBI.
John Lackey, SP7/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (11-6) permitted just two hits and one run over seven innings Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Lackey's ERA climbed from 2.96 to 3.84 after he allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings from June 23 to July 5, but he's lowered it back to 3.66 after two straight quality starts.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester dominated the Royals Sunday for his 10th win of the year.
Insight: Lester struck out eight and gave up four hits over eight scoreless frames. The left-hander has a career-low 2.50 ERA and his 9.33 K/9 is his best since 2010. He's allowed one earned run on 21 hits while recording a 33/4 K/BB in his last 31 innings.
Shane Victorino, RF7/19/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will make his return from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) has played just 21 games this season. He'll bat sixth and play right field.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B 7/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Royals.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs. Before that stretch he had a .299 average, five home runs and an .840 OPS on the season.
David Ortiz, DH7/18/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .316 hitter with three homers and 16 RBI (18-for-57) versus Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ortiz has been a .300 hitter for the past three seasons, but is batting just .255 this season. The good news is the low average hasn't effected his power numbers.
Shane Victorino, RF7/17/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: According to Alex Speier of WEEI, Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will resume his rehab assignment Thursday night.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. He's played just 21 games this season.
Brock Holt, IF/OFHot7/13/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt went 5-for-6 with a homer and two runs Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Holt played second base for the first time this season on Sunday and now has played every position except pitcher and catcher in 2014. He's batted .327 with 25 extra-base hits (3 HR), 21 RBI, 37 runs, six steals and an .834 OPS in 257 at-bats.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot7/13/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz threw his seventh career complete game and fifth career shutout Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Buchholz (4-5, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) struck out 12, walked none and allowed just three hits. He appears to have figured out what was wrong with him earlier this season while he was on the disabled list. The right-hander has posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings since he returned.
David Ortiz, DH7/12/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his 20th home run of the season Saturday afternoon off Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.258) significantly down from past seasons, but he is still hitting for power (20 HR, 62 RBI).
Mike Napoli, 1B7/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .414 hitter (12-for-29) with two home runs versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Like most of the Red Sox lineup, Napoli isn't hitting at the moment batting .220 over the past 12 games. He's hitting .265 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and an .822 OPS this season.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched like an ace again Thursday, but didn't get the win because his bullpen let him down.
Insight: Lester went seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits while striking out 12. His ERA as down to 2.65 which should normally amount to a better record than 9-7. I blame the offense more than the bullpen as three of his losses have come when he's yielded two runs or less.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/9/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment.
Insight: Pierzynski has hit .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS after hitting .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. The Red Sox have called up prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A. Vazquez has hit .279 with three homers, 20 RBI and a .721 OPS in 66 games this season and isn't likely to offer much fantasy value.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP 7/8/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have recalled Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: De La Rosa had a 2.51 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 30/8 K/BB in 32 1/3 innings earlier this season, but the team sent him down when Clay Buchholz returned from the disabled list. The Red Sox had a rainout and doubleheader over the weekend, so they need a spot start from De La Rosa. With Jake Peavy on the trade block and John Lackey also a potential trade chip, De La Rosa should have a permanent spot in Boston's rotation later this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/8/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team has had to pull Shane Victorino away from his rehab assignment again due to "increased symptoms" in his back.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. Farrell said the earliest Victorino will resume his assignment is Thursday. He's played just 21 games this season.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/6/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Sunday's starting lineup against Baltimore.
Insight: Pierzynski has been struggling mightily at the plate batting .253 on the season and lost a modest five-game hitting streak going 0-for-4 on Saturday.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in Saturday's starting lineup for Game 2.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.252) is significantly down from past seasons. He is still hitting for power (19 HR).
Jon Lester, SP7/5/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been hot recently and takes the mound against his favorite opponent -- the Orioles -- Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Insight: Over his previous three starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 0.82 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and five walks. Overall, his career winning percentage against Baltimore is tops among all his American League foes. In 26 starts against the O's, he owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and has struck out 139 batters in 163.1 innings.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.252) is significantly down from past seasons. He is still hitting for power (19 HR).
Jon Lester, SPHot7/5/2014 5:14:00 AM
Description: He didn't get the win, but Boston left-hander Jon Lester pitched well against Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Over his previous five starts, Lester has a 0.95 ERA and 0.849 WHIP. He didn't get the win today, but he's helped your ERA, WHIP and strikeout totals.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold7/3/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are not considering a demotion for third baseman Xander Bogaerts, according to the Boston Herald. "Oh, we haven’t even considered that," manager John Farrell said Wednesday.
Insight: Bogaerts has zero hits in his last 21 at-bats, two in his last 46 (.043) and six in his last 77 (.078). He was hitting .299 with an .840 OPS on June 7, but he's down to .242 with a .688 OPS after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B7/1/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected three hits in three of his last four games.
Insight: All nine hits were singles, however. Pedroia (.277) does have 23 doubles this year, but he's hit just four homers and hasn't had an extra-base hit in his last 11 games. He's also swiped just two bases on seven attempts. If someone wants to pay for his name rather than his production in a trade, go for it.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/1/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz gave up one run on five hits and didn't walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: In his first start back from the knee injury that kept him out for a month, Buchholz went 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs at Seattle, but he also gave up three home runs. Tuesday's start was much more encouraging, but we still don't recommend owning the 29-year-old outside of deep AL-only leagues.
Shane Victorino, RF7/1/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) could resume his rehab assignment next week.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury. He's played just 21 games this season.
David Ortiz, DH7/1/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and eight RBI versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Ortiz's batting average (.250) is significantly down from past seasons, though he is still hitter for power (19 HR). This matchup may help on both fronts.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/30/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Monday's starting lineup against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.
Insight: Pierzynski has been struggling mightily at the plate batting .249 on the season, but just .118 over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, he did have a very good history against Arrieta, going 4-for-5 with two home runs in their matchups.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/30/2014 3:14:00 PM
Description: Boston's Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 in his major league debut on Sunday night and will get another start Monday.
Insight: Betts hit .345 with eight homers, 29 steals and a 33/51 K/BB over 77 games in the minors this season (23 with Triple-A Pawtucket). Betts is really an infielder, but the Red Sox have been working him out in outfield due to the lack of production they've gotten from the outfield this season.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold6/29/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brock Holt is starting at third base and prospect Mookie Betts will make his major league debut as the right fielder. Bogaerts has hit .091 (6-for-66) over his last 18 games.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot6/28/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead opposite field solo homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night.
Insight: Napoli has homered four times in his past nine games and walked five times in his last six. He's hitting .275 with 10 homers, 31 RBI and an .850 OPS this season.
Jon Lester, SPHot6/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester outdueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka Saturday night.
Insight: Lester allowed one run (zero earned) on five hits and struck out six in eight innings to improve to 9-7. He threw his last pitch with the score tied at one, but Mike Napoli went yard in the top of the ninth to make a winner out of the left-hander. Lester has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.29 BB/9, all career lows, and his 9.08 K/9 is his best since 2010.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/28/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Mookie Betts did not start Saturday against the Yankees after being called up, but he could see regular playing time.
Insight: Betts has hit .345 with eight homers, 29 steals and a 33/51 K/BB over 77 games in the minors this season (23 with Triple-A Pawtucket). Boston has had some of the worst production in the majors from its center and right fielders this season and Shane Victorino's back injury hasn't improved. Betts is an infielder, but the Red Sox have been working him out in right field.
Shane Victorino, RF6/25/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Shane Victorino's rehab assignment has been shut down indefinitely. This time he's dealing with a back issue. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) just can't seem to catch a break. There's no timetable for his return and at this point we wouldn't expect to see him back until after the All-Star break.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/25/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is getting the night off Wednesday against the Mariners. SOURCE: Jamie Erdahl, NESN
Insight: The Red Sox are off Thursday so Napoli (.278, 9 HR, 30 RBI) will have two days to rest up before the team heads to New York on Friday. Brock Holt (.320, 2 HR, 17 RBI) will fill in at first base.
Chris Capuano, SPCold6/25/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated left-hander Chris Capuano for assignment. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: The team needed to clear a roster spot for Clay Buchholz, who was just activated from the disabled list. Capuano pitched well early in the year but was done in by an awful June (22.50 ERA in five appearances). The 35-year-old has no fantasy value.
Felix Doubront, SPCold6/24/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront has officially lost his spot in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He'll move to the bullpen when Brandon Workman's suspension ends later this week. Doubront (2-4, 5.19 ERA) can safely be dropped from all fantasy teams, though we doubt he was on many to begin with.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/24/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz will take the hill Wednesday against Seattle. SOURCE: MLB Network
Insight: He missed about a month with a hyperextended knee. Though Buchholz (2-4, 7.02 ERA) has struggled most of the season, he pitched very well in his last rehab outing for Triple-A Pawtucket (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K's, 2 BB).
Shane Victorino, RF6/24/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday against New York. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) resumed his rehab assignment Monday after missing a few days with a sore hamstring. When he comes back, the Red Sox will likely go with a starting outfield of Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot6/24/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer Monday at Seattle.
Insight: Napoli had terrible career numbers against Felix Hernandez prior to the game, but he had both of his hits off the right-hander and has homered in three of the past six games.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/23/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks was scratched from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket due to swelling in the same finger he fractured back in May. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston.com
Insight: There's no reason for fantasy owners to wait on Middlebrooks to get healthy. The team has Stephen Drew at shortstop, Xander Bogaerts at third, so Middlebrooks won't have regular at-bats when he returns.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/22/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit his eighth homer of the season Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: Napoli is on pace for 17 home runs and 62 RBI after hitting 23 homers and driving in 92 runs last year. He no longer has catcher eligibility so his fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues.
Koji Uehara, RP6/22/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara blew his first save of the season Sunday, allowing two solo homers to blow a 6-4 lead, but the Red Sox scored in the top of the 10th to get Uehara his third win of the year.
Insight: Uehara allowed seven hits and walked three during a streak of 21 straight scoreless innings, but he's given up four hits (3 HR) and three runs in his last three innings. However, he won two games in that stretch and still has a 1.30 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP this season.
Brock Holt, IF/OFHot6/21/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Brock Holt smashed three hits in Saturday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: Holt (.329, 1 HR, 15 RBI) broke up Jesse Chavez's no-hit bid in the sixth inning. He also made an unbelievable diving catch in right field to rob Alberto Callaspo of a base hit. Holt is now hitting .353 this month with six RBI.
Rubby De La Rosa, SPHot6/21/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Rubby De La Rosa delivered a strong outing Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51 ERA) surrendered just one run in seven innings, fanning seven to go with one walk. The 25-year-old has been brilliant, holding opponents to a .216 average in 32 1/3 innings. With De La Rosa pitching so well, the Red Sox will have a difficult decision to make when Brandon Workman (suspension) and Clay Buchholz (knee injury) are activated later this week.
Shane Victorino, RF6/20/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Shane Victorino's rehab assignment has been halted due to "general stiffness." SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Victorino's return timetable will obviously have to be pushed back. That means more starts in right field for Brock Holt (.329, 1 HR, 15 RBI).
Felix Doubront, SP6/19/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder) will start Friday against the Athletics, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Brandon Workman is serving a suspension, so Doubront will come off the DL to take his turn in the rotation. However, he may be moved to the bullpen when Workman returns.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/19/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz's next start will be in the majors, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. The date is yet to be determined.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed as out with a hyperextended knee, his struggles likely have more to do with him being on the disabled list. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. Buchholz will replace either Brandon Workman or Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation.
David Ortiz, DH6/19/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup Thursday against the Athletics.
Insight: Ortiz has terrible numbers against Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir (10-for-48, 12 Ks) and is hitting .190 in June. A.J. Pierzynski is DHing and David Ross will catch Jake Peavy Thursday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/19/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia owns Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir to the tune of a .514 batting average (18-for-35).
Insight: Pedroia is a career .300 hitter, who has been floundering around the .260-.275 mark for most of the season. Perhaps this favorable matchup will get him started.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/18/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli won the game with a walkoff homer Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: This may have been Boston's most thrilling victory of the season as David Ortiz and Napoli homered in consecutive at bats to win in the tenth. The Red Sox had managed just one hit in the previous nine innings. Napoli (.268, 7 HR, 27 RBI) doesn't have as much fantasy value now that he only plays first base.
John Lackey, SP6/18/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey threw nine scoreless frames Wednesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Boston didn't score until the tenth so Lackey (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 9 K's, 1 BB) had to settle for a no-decision. Lackey (7-4, 2.96 ERA) has allowed fewer than four runs in each of his last six starts.
Grady Sizemore, OF6/18/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have released outfielder Grady Sizemore, officially making him a free agent.
Insight: He'll bypass the ten-day waiting period and begin looking for a new team right away. If Sizemore (.216, 2 HR, 15 RBI) couldn't cut it in Boston's mediocre outfield it's doubtful he'll have an impact anywhere else.
Brandon Workman, SP6/18/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Brandon Workman lost his appeal and will begin serving his six-game suspension immediately. SOURCE: Mike Silverman, Boston Herald
Insight: Workman (1-0, 2.88 ERA) was given the ban for throwing at Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Felix Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) will start in his place Friday against Oakland.
Felix Doubront, SP6/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront may be relegated to the bullpen when he returns from a shoulder injury later this week. SOURCE: RedSox.com
Insight: The emergence of Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman at the back end of the rotation has complicated things. Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) has only been average this season and John Farrell may be better off going with the hot hand. Clay Buchholz (hyperextended knee) is also close to making his return.
Jon Lester, SPHot6/17/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester won for the eighth time Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Since getting roughed up by the Tigers two starts ago, Lester has gone 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He's now fourth on Boston's all-time strikeout list with 1,342 K's. Lester's next start is set for Sunday against Oakland.
Jon Lester, SP6/17/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester said he would have "no hard feelings" if the team traded him this season. SOURCE: Ricky Doyle, NESN
Insight: Lester, who is pitching against the Twins on Tuesday, is in the final year of his contract. He's played his entire career in Boston and has already said he would be open to an extension if it came at the right price. Still, if the struggling Red Sox fall out of playoff contention, they could always press the reset button and trade Lester (7-7, 3.29 ERA) for prospects.
Grady Sizemore, CF6/17/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated Grady Sizemore for assignment.
Insight: Sizemore hit .343 with two homers in his first 10 games this season after missing all of 2012 and 2013 due to injuries, but he went 28-for-150 (.187) with zero home runs in his last 42 games. Brock Holt is starting in center field for the first time Tuesday night.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/17/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against Phil Hughes and the Twins.
Insight: Pierzynski is just a .167 hiiter (3-for-18 - all singles) against Hughes, so he'll sit in favor of David Ross, who is 3-for-5 with a home run in his matchups with Hughes.
David Ortiz, DH6/17/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a lifetime .360 hitter against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes, but he's lost his swing and may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Insight: Ortiz (.246, 15 HR, 42 RBI) is struggling at the plate, batting .167 over the past four weeks with an ugly .612 OPS.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP6/16/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa gave up just one hit in seven shutout innings Monday against the Twins.
Insight: De La Rosa has pitched well since his promotion in late May, going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit just .231 against him during that span. It's unknown if De La Rosa will remain with the club or get sent down when Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront return from the disabled list later this month.
Shane Victorino, RF6/16/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) is expected to return during the team's upcoming road trip. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Victorino is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. His return will likely bump Grady Sizemore (.216, 2 HR, 15 RBI) out of the starting lineup.
Stephen Drew, SS6/15/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (oblique) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Drew has one hit in 14 at bats so far and missed the last six games due to an oblique injury.
Jake Peavy, SP6/14/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has one win in 14 starts this season, but this isn't exactly a Jeff Samardzija situation. Peavy has a 4.53 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 87 1/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy had his best start since April 25 Saturday against Cleveland, throwing six innings and allowing one run. He had a 3.09 ERA in his first 43 2/3 innings, but he also walked 25 batters and allowed seven homers in that span. That caught up to him in the six starts prior to Saturday as he had a 6.69 ERA in 37 2/3 innings.
Stephen Drew, SS6/14/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (oblique) remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Drew has been a waste of a signing so far, collecting just one hit in 14 at bats. He's missed the last six games.
Stephen Drew, SS6/13/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Friday's game against Cleveland will mark Boston shortstop Stephen Drew's fifth consecutive absence. He's been sitting out with an oblique injury. SOURCE: Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Drew has been a waste of a signing so far, collecting just one hit in 14 at bats. Jonathan Herrera (.246, 0 HR, 7 RBI) is getting another start at shortstop.
Daniel Nava, OF/1BHot6/12/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava chipped in with three hits Thursday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: Eight of Nava's 19 hits this season have come in the last five games. His batting average is still under .200 but it looks like the 31-year-old has finally found his stroke again.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold6/12/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts has cooled off recently and will get a day off Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Bogaerts (.278, 5 HR, 17 RBI) is hitless in his last 16 at bats. Leadoff hitter Brock Holt (.331, 1 HR, 13 RBI) will grab the start at third base.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/12/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski won't start Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierzynski has hit well at Fenway Park this season (.337 AVG in 92 at bats) so it's a shame he isn't starting. Maybe Pierzynski is sitting because he's just 1-for-5 against tonight's starter Josh Tomlin.
David Ortiz, DH6/12/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is hitless in eight at-bats against Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin.
Insight: Ortiz (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI) is usually an everyday fantasy option, but we're waiting for him to start hitting like David Ortiz. It may not happen Thursday.
Shane Victorino, RF6/11/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will begin a rehab assignment later this weekend. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Boston could certainly use Victorino back in the lineup. He's missed the last three weeks with a strained hamstring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/11/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: What happens after that remains to be seen. While Middlebrooks was recovering from a broken finger, the Red Sox went ahead and signed Stephen Drew to play shortstop. That facilitated Xander Bogaerts' move to third base, the same position Middlebrooks plays. With this logjam taking place on the left side of the infield, it's unlikely Middlebrooks (.268, 3 HR, 21 RBI) will see regular at bats when he returns.
Brandon Workman, SP6/11/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Brandon Workman will have his appeal heard on Friday. Workman was given a six-game suspension for throwing a pitch behind Evan Longoria two weeks ago. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: It's unlikely the suspension will be wiped away completely so we'd still anticipate Workman (1-0, 2.86 ERA) missing at least one start. His next appearance is scheduled for Sunday against Cleveland.
Andres Torres, CF6/11/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have signed former Giants outfielder Andres Torres to a minor league deal.
Insight: The 36-year-old will start out in Single-A Lowell but should be up with the big club soon. Torres would be an upgrade over Grady Sizemore, who has been brutal in his first season with Boston (.220, 2 HR, 14 RBI).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 6/11/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has smacked Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen around in his career.
Insight: Pedroia went hitless in his last three games and has a .717 OPS this season, but his history against Chen is too enticing to ignore. He's gone 12-for-24 (.500) with five doubles and a triple against the left-hander.
Jackie Bradley Jr., CFCold6/10/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. remains out of the lineup.
Insight: Bradley was benched Monday as well. Now that Boston is using Brock Holt in the outfield it may only be a matter of time before Bradley is sent back to the minors. Though he's provided excellent defense in center field, Bradley isn't much of a hitter, batting just .199 through his first 282 major league at bats.
Stephen Drew, SSCold6/10/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew will sit out again with tightness in his right oblique. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at bats this season. He said he first felt the tightness during his final at bat Sunday against Detroit.
David Ortiz, DH6/10/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz should find a seat on your bench in this unfavorable against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI) is usually an everyday fantasy option, but he's just 2-for-19 (both singles) without an RBI versus Tillman.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/9/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will throw a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed as out with a hyperextended knee, his struggles likely have more to do with him being on the disabled list. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. His return will bump either Brandon Workman or Rubby De La Rosa from the rotation.
Stephen Drew, SS6/9/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against Baltimore starter Bud Norris, but he'll sit out with tightness in his right oblique. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, csnne.com
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at-bats this season and will have to miss this favorable matchup against Norris. Drew said he first felt the tightness during his final at-bat Sunday night.
Stephen Drew, SS6/9/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at-bats this season. He only got 21 at-bats in the minors before the club brought him back up and that obviously wasn't enough to get him ready. Stay away from what would normally be a favorable matchup.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been activated from the disabled list and is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against Detroit. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Napoli (.260, 5 HR, 22 RBI) missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained ring finger. Outfielder Alex Hassan (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding roster move.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/8/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit his third homer of the season and went 3-for-4 Saturday at Detroit.
Insight: Pedroia averaged 16 homers per season from 2008-12, but he's hit just 12 dingers in his last 219 games.
David Ortiz, DH6/7/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) with three long balls against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ortiz (.262, 13 HR, 33 RBI) hasn't done much over the past two weeks, but has a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Stephen Drew, SS6/6/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is not in Friday's starting lineup against left-hander Drew Smyly and the Tigers.
Insight: Drew is hitless in his first two games. Jonathan Herrera (.231, 0 HR, 7 RBI) is making the start at shortstop.
Felix Doubront, SP6/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder strain) threw 43 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday. Source: Steve Silva, Boston.com.
Insight: Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) threw 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes, punched out two and didn't walk a batter while allowing two runs on three hits over four innings. He's expected to make a few more rehab starts before the Red Sox hope he's ready to rejoin the club in late June.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/6/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox decided against having Clay Buchholz pitch a simulated game Monday, instead opting to help the struggling right-hander work on his mechanics in a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Source: Ian Browne, MLB.com.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed on the DL with a hyperextended knee, the club has now made it clear they're attempting to work out the kinks that have led to the righty's miserable season. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. The Red Sox likely will send Buchholz on a rehab assingment once he pitches the rescheduled sim game Saturday.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BHot6/3/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts belted his fifth home run of the year Tuesday in a loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He's hitting .467 over his last seven games. Bogaerts (.304, 5 HR, 16 RBI, .395 OBP) has turned himself into a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate while giving fantasy owners solid production at two positions.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/3/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox top prospect Mookie Betts has advanced to Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Betts was tearing up the Eastern League, batting .355 in 214 at bats for Double-A Portland. The Red Sox are hoping he can play outfield for them at some point though his primary position is second base.
Brandon Workman, SP6/3/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman has been suspended six games by Major League Baseball for "intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Evan Longoria," last Friday. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Workman threw the pitch behind Longoria in the sixth inning and was ejected. Both benches were warned in the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz in the hip. Workman is appealing the suspension so will likely make his scheduled start on Wednesday.
Stephen Drew, SS6/3/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against Cleveland.
Insight: Drew was 0-for-2 with a walk in his season debut. The Red Sox signed him only two weeks ago so it may take Drew a little while to get back into playing shape. Jonathan Herrera (.208, 0 HR, 6 RBI) is making his fourth start of the year at shortstop.
Shane Victorino, RF6/2/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino won't be ready to come off the DL when his 15 days are up. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: His strained hamstring is still bothering him. That means more playing time in right for Grady Sizemore (.229, 2 HR, 14 RBI).
Stephen Drew, SS6/2/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is likely to be in Monday's starting lineup, but he's just 1-for-10 against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson and isn't a good fantasy play.
Insight: Drew hit .238 during his minor league rehab assignment. He'll serve as Boston's everyday shortstop with Xander Bogaerts (.296, 3 HR, 13 RBI) moving over to third base. Update: Drew is in Monday's starting lineup and batting eighth.
Stephen Drew, SS6/2/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox recently recalled shortstop Stephen Drew is likely to be in Monday's starting lineup, but he's just 1-for-10 against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson and isn't a good fantasy play.
Insight: Drew hit .238 during his minor league rehab assignment. He'll serve as Boston's everyday shortstop with Xander Bogaerts (.296, 3 HR, 13 RBI) moving over to third base.
Brock Holt, 3BHot6/1/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox corner infielder Brock Holt ripped four hits Sunday in a win against Tampa Bay.
Insight: All four were doubles, making him the first Red Sox player to double four times in a game since Victor Martinez in 2010. Holt (.337, 1 HR, 11 RBI) is quickly becoming a fan favorite and should remain in the lineup at least until Mike Napoli returns from the DL.
Jon Lester, SP6/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Jon Lester was in the zone Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He finished with 12 punchouts in seven shutout innings. That gives Lester (6-6, 3.15 ERA) 95 K's for the season, which ties him with Corey Kluber for the league-lead. The Red Sox have followed up a ten-game losing streak by winning seven in a row.
Stephen Drew, SS6/1/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have recalled shortstop Stephen Drew from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Drew hit .238 during his minor league rehab assignment. He'll serve as Boston's everyday shortstop with Xander Bogaerts (.296, 3 HR, 13 RBI) moving over to third base.
Daniel Nava, LF6/1/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have decided to call up Daniel Nava just one day after sending him back down to Triple-A.
Insight: Boston is dangerously thin at first base now that Mike Napoli and Mike Carp are both on the disabled list. Though Brock Holt should get most of the playing time at first, Nava (.130, 2 HR, 3 RBI) could see a few starts here and there.
Mike Carp, 1B6/1/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox haved placed first baseman Mike Carp on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a broken foot. Mike Napoli is coming back in a week but for now, Brock Holt (.337, 1 HR, 11 RBI) and Daniel Nava (.130, 2 HR, 3 RBI) will have to split time at first base.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/1/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (finger) is expected to come off the disabled list next Sunday, the first day he's eligible for activation, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli dislocated his left ring finger on a head first slide into second base on April 15. He played through the injury for 29 games but hit just .238 with 30 Ks and two homers before finally going on the DL.
A.J. Pierzynski, CHot6/1/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Pierzynski has hit .409 (18-for-44) with five extra-base hits in his last 10 games and owns very good career numbers against Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard, but he caught Saturday night and will get a day off Sunday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (hand) is in the lineup Sunday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: The X-rays on Pedroia's bruised right hand were negative and his MRI revealed no structural damage. The second baseman has gone just 3-for-19 (.158) against Tampa Bay's Erik Bedard, so daily fantasy players should stay away from him Sunday.
A.J. Pierzynski, CHot6/1/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has batted .216 against lefties this season, compared to .321 against righties, but he's had success in the past against Tampa Bay southpaw Erik Bedard.
Insight: Pierzynski is 9-for-23 with two homers against Bedard and also has hit .409 (18-for-44) with five extra-base hits in his last 10 games. He may sit out Sunday after catching Saturday night, but make sure he's in your lineup if he's playing for Boston.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP5/31/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa was phenomenal Saturday in his 2014 big league debut.
Insight: De La Rosa's fastball was consistently in the high 90s and his changeup was almost unhittable. He didn't walk a batter all night and finished with eight strikeouts. The 25-year-old could be a player to watch in fantasy if Clay Buchholz remains on the disabled list for an extended period of time.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/31/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia doesn't have any structural damage in his bruised hand. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: His X-rays came back negative. Pedroia (.275, 2 HR, 17 RBI) is one of the toughest players in the league so we wouldn't expect him to miss too much time.
Brock Holt, 3B5/31/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt has been working in the outfield according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Holt (.299, 0 HR, 7 RBI) has done a nice job in place of Will Middlebrooks and is certainly a better offensive player than slumping corner outfielder Grady Sizemore. Adding outfield eligibility would help Holt's fantasy value.
Daniel Nava, LF5/31/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Boston corner outfielder Daniel Nava will head to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Rubby De La Rosa. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: It's the second time Nava (.130, 2 HR, 3 RBI) has been demoted this season. He logged just one hit in ten at bats while filling in for Shane Victorino in right field.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP5/31/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Rubby De La Rosa has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Saturday's game against the Rays. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: De La Rosa will take Clay Buchholz's spot in the starting rotation. In ten starts for Pawtucket, De La Rosa went 2-3 with a 3.04 ERA.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/31/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia won't play Saturday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Red Sox on Twitter
Insight: Pedroia (.275, 2 HR, 17 RBI) left last night's game with a bruised hand. Jonathan Herrera (.171, 0 HR, 4 RBI) is filling in at second base.
David Ortiz, DH5/30/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup due to a sore right calf, but he's back in it Friday, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Insight: Calf soreness has forced Ortiz (.270, 12 HR, 30 RBI) out of the starting lineup twice since May 24.
Xander Bogaerts, SSHot5/29/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts slammed three hits in Thursday's win over Atlanta.
Insight: Bogaerts (.296, 3 HR, 12 RBI) plated a run with his single to right field in the eighth inning. The rookie has hit .313 in the month of May with two homers and seven runs batted in. His .388 on base percentage this season ranks sixth in the American League.
Brock Holt, 3B5/29/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Brock Holt finished with three hits Thursday in a walkoff win over the Braves.
Insight: That raises his season average to .315. Holt has done a nice job filling in for Will Middlebrooks at third base the past couple weeks. Unfortunately, he'll probably be sent back to Triple-A when Stephen Drew returns to the majors next month.
Ryan Lavarnway, C/1B5/29/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox C/1B Ryan Lavarnway had to leave Thursday's game because of a sore wrist. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Daniel Nava (.132, 2 HR, 3 RBI) has come on to take his place at first base. Lavarnway grounded out in his only at bat of the night.
David Ortiz, DH5/29/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz won't be in the lineup Thursday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Calf soreness has bothered Ortiz (.270, 12 HR, 30 RBI) on and off for the last week. A.J. Pierzynski (.273, 4 HR, 25 RBI) is filling in at DH with David Ross (.172, 2 HR, 5 RBI) getting the start at catcher.
A.J. Pierzynski, C5/29/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: The Red Sox will use David Ross to catch Jake Peavy. Pierzynski is hitting .273 with four homers, 25 RBI and a .700 OPS this year. As long as you ignore his abnormal 2012 season, Pierzynski is on pace to produce about as expected (11-16 homers and 70-75 RBI).
Mike Carp, 1B5/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp missed Wednesday's game due to a sore right foot and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Carp will have an MRI on his foot. He's been starting at first base with Mike Napoli on the DL but is hitting .231 with zero homers this season has no fantasy value.
John Lackey, SPHot5/28/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey didn't let up a run in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: He's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his last two outings. Lackey's 3.27 ERA this season is his lowest since 2007.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/28/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts used a three-hit game Wednesday to raise his average to .287.
Insight: He started the day at .277. Boston has followed up its ten-game losing streak by winning three straight against Atlanta. Bogaerts' .383 on base percentage is second on the team behind Mike Napoli.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold5/28/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have officially placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Ricky Doyle, NESN
Insight: The team is saying Buchholz (2-4, 7.02 ERA) has a hyperextended knee but we think his placement on the DL has more to due with flawed mechanics than anything. Buchholz had trouble finding his landing spot in his most recent start against the Braves and didn't seem to have any confidence in his pitches. Alex Wilson has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the active roster.
Mike Carp, 1B5/28/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp will miss Wednesday's game due to a sore right foot, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald
Insight: Carp is undergoing precautionary X-rays to determine the source of the swelling in his foot. He's been starting at first base with Mike Napoli on the DL but is hitting .231 with zero homers this season. Daniel Nava will start in his place Wednesday.
David Ortiz, DH5/28/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz has hit .320 with three home runs against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Ortiz has had major career success against every starter the Braves have thrown in this series. He'll try to finish it off on a positive note after going 2-for-7 with a homer, five RBI and two walks the last two games.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold5/27/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox say that Clay Buchholz has a hyperextended knee, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He'll throw a bullpen session Wednesday and is questionable for Saturday's start.
Insight: Buchholz has a 7.02 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 50 innings this season after walking eight batters and giving up six runs in three innings Monday. Manager John Farrell was noncommittal about Buchholz' next start after the game, so it's a little convenient that the knee injury popped up Tuesday.
A.J. Pierzynski, C5/27/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not expected to start on Tuesday, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: The Red Sox will use David Ross to catch Jon Lester. It doesn't hurt that Ross is 4-for-10 against Braves starter Aaron Harang. Pierzynski is hitting .267 with four homers, 24 RBI and a .692 OPS this year.
David Ortiz, DH5/27/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .556 hitter (5-for-9) with a homer, six RBI and a 1.778 OPS versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Ortiz is just 2-for-24 over his past seven games, but did blast a home run on Monday as the Red Sox broke their long losing streak.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold5/26/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell was noncommittal about Clay Buchholz' next start, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: The Red Sox will discuss a plan of action for Buchholz after he walked eight batters and gave up six runs in three innings Monday. He has a 7.02 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 50 innings this season.
David Ortiz, DH5/26/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz hit a game-tying three-run home run off Braves starter Ervin Santana in the top of the fifth inning Monday afternoon and later drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
Insight: Ortiz has owned Santana throughout his career. Boston came in having lost 10 straight games and was down 6-1 going into the fifth, but it scored seven unanswered runs to end the skid. Despite going 1-for-23 from May 18-25, Ortiz is still hitting .270 with 12 homers, 29 RBI and an .882 OPS.
David Ortiz, DH5/26/2014 7:14:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .367 hitter (11-for-30) with three homers and a 1.224 OPS versus Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Ortiz has cooled off over his last six games, batting just .048 with five strikeouts. Ortiz is still batting .276 with 11 HR, 25 RBI and an .891 OPS on the season and has a favorable matchup.
Jonny Gomes, LF5/25/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes was ejected from Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: Gomes came running at Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar after Escobar stole third with Tampa Bay already leading 8-3. Gomes and Escobar were both tossed. Mike Carp has come on to play left field for the Red Sox, who are on the verge of dropping their tenth game in a row.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/25/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Boston has placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day DL with a sprained finger. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: This has been a nightmare week for the Red Sox with nine straight losses and three players going on the disabled list (Felix Doubront, Shane Victorino and now Napoli). Mike Carp (.246, 0 HR, 5 RBI) and Daniel Nava (.145, 2 HR, 3 RBI) are likely to split time at first base during his absence. Brandon Workman was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding roster move.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/25/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has returned to the starting lineup after exiting Saturday's game with a hamstring cramp. SOURCE: Darren Hartwell, NESN
Insight: Bogaerts certainly isn't a power hitter (three homers in 165 at bats) but he does get on base a lot (.370 OBP). Maybe he can help Boston snap its nine-game losing streak on Sunday.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/24/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts exited Saturday's game with a hamstring cramp. SOURCE: Don Orsillo, NESN
Insight: He'll finish the night with two hits in five at bats. Jonathan Herrera (.184, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has come on to take his place at shortstop.
Brandon Workman, SP5/24/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: As expected, Brandon Workman will start in place of Felix Doubront (strained shoulder) Sunday against the Rays. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: That became obvious when Workman was scratched from his start Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Workman went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts for Boston last season.
Daniel Nava, LF5/24/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have called up outfielder Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's filling in for Shane Victorino, who just went down with a strained hamstring. Nava didn't have much success in the majors earlier this season (.149 AVG in 67 at bats) but he did hit .303 with 12 HR and 66 RBI for Boston in 2013.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/24/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Boston will be without first baseman Mike Napoli Saturday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: It's Napoli's third absence in the last four games. Apparently Napoli's finger injury flared up and he's not expected back in the lineup until Tuesday at the earliest. That means we'll be seeing a lot of Mike Carp (.268, 0 HR, 4 RBI) at first base over the next few days.
Shane Victorino, RF5/24/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been placed on the DL for the second time this season.
Insight: He aggravated his strained hamstring running to first base in last night's loss to Tampa Bay. Daniel Nava (.149, 2 HR, 3 RBI) has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster.
David Ortiz, DHCold5/24/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus David Price and the Rays.
Insight: Ortiz has cooled off over his last five games, batting just .056 with four strikeouts. Keeping that in mind, maybe getting a day off against a Cy Young Award winning left-hander isn't a bad thing. Despite the slump, Ortiz is still batting .276 with 11 HR, 25 RBI and an .891 OPS.
Shane Victorino, RF5/23/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left Friday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. SOURCE: Don Orsillo, NESN
Insight: He came up limping after reaching on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning. Jonny Gomes (.242, 4 HR, 19 RBI) has come on to take his place.
Brandon Workman, SP5/23/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Brandon Workman was scratched from Friday's start with Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: It's a clear indication that Workman is heading to Tampa Bay where he's likely to start Sunday in place of Felix Doubront (strained shoulder). Workman made three relief appearances for the Sox earlier in the year. With Pawtucket, he's gone 3-1 with a 5.12 ERA in seven starts.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli is back after missing two games with the flu. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: It's been a tough month for Napoli (.200 AVG, no homers) and an even tougher one for the Red Sox. A loss Friday would be the team's eighth consecutive defeat. Despite their recent poor play, the Red Sox are still just four games out of the Wild Card.
Brock Holt, 3B5/23/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox infielders Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts will bat at the top of the order on Friday night as the team tries something new to break up their seven-game losing streak.
Insight: Holt (.333, 0 HR, 5 RBI) normally bats near the bottom of the Red Sox order while Bogaerts has a little more experience in the No. 2 hole. If they can get on, it could be very good for their fantasy value with Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz to knock them in.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/22/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in Thursday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Napoli has hit .200 with zero homers in May but owns a .389 OBP because of 17 walks. He's hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. Mike Carp (.275, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will get another start at first base on Thursday.
Felix Doubront, SP5/22/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Boston starter Felix Doubront will head to the disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
Insight: Doubront is just 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He's won 11 games each of his last two seasons but the left-hander's ERA and WHIP have never been at fantasy-worthy levels.
David Ortiz, DH5/22/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Boston DH Davis Ortiz is 25-for-76 (.329) with four homers and 14 RBI versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Ortiz has cooled over the past five games, batting just .111, but this favorable matchup could get him going. Before this recent 2-for-18 run, he was the hottest hitter in baseball, going 13-for-25 with five homers.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/21/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the lineup Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Napoli has hit .200 with zero homers in May but reached base at a .389 clip due to 17 walks. He should be back in the lineup Thursday or Friday. Mike Carp is starting at first base Wednesday.
Felix Doubront, SP5/20/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront left Tuesday's start with shoulder fatigue and will undergo an MRI Wednesday, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Doubront gave up back-to-back doubles to start the fifth inning and exited after a visit to the mound by the trainer and manager John Farrell. He allowed five earned runs in four innings and has a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP this season.
Felix Doubront, SP5/20/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront left Tuesday's start with shoulder fatigue, according to Sean McAdam of csnne.com.
Insight: Doubront gave up back-to-back doubles to start the fifth inning and exited after a visit to the mound by the trainer and manager John Farrell. He allowed five earned runs in four innings and has a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP this season.
Felix Doubront, SP5/20/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront left Tuesday's start with an apparent injury.
Insight: Doubront gave up back-to-back doubles to start the fifth inning and exited after a visit to the mound by the trainer and manager John Farrell. He allowed five earned runs in four innings and has a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP this season.
Stephen Drew, SS5/20/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will send Stephen Drew to the minors for 7-10 days, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Boston just signed Drew to a one-year contract for $10 million on Tuesday. He batted .253 with 13 homers, 67 RBI, six steals, 57 runs and a .776 OPS in 124 games for the Red Sox last year.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/20/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will start at shortstop on Tuesday night, but that might be the last time for a while as Boston just signed Stephen Drew.
Insight: Bogaerts will move to third base for the injured Will Middlebrooks. He's hitting .269 with a pair of homers, seven RBI, 17 runs and one steal. We were expecting more from last season's USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
Stephen Drew, SS5/20/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Stephen Drew and the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Insight: Drew is an above average defensive player with decent power for a middle infielder. He'll likely play at shortstop with current SS Xander Bogaerts replacing the injured Will Middlebrooks at third base. Drew batted .253 with 13 HR and 67 RBI in 124 games last season for the Red Sox.
Jonny Gomes, LFCold5/20/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes should be avoided against Tuesday starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Gomes normally hits left-handers much better than right-handers (.277 vs. .225), but he's just 1-for-12 (.083) against the Blue Jays southpaw.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/17/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Insight: He's been placed on the disabled list and will be reevaluated in 5-7 days to determine a timetable. The third baseman was hit by a pitch last Saturday and played the last four games with the injury. Brock Holt has been called up to take his place on the roster.
Shane Victorino, RF5/17/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (knee) had an MRI Friday afternoon, but is in Saturday's lineup against Detroit.
Insight: Victorino hurt his left knee when he slid into third base during Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday and Friday.
Shane Victorino, RF5/16/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (knee) had an MRI Friday afternoon and won't play against the Tigers, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Victorino hurt his left knee when he slid into third base during Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday. We're awaiting the results of his MRI.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/16/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Boston DH Davis Ortiz is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now and has a favorable matchup Friday against Tigers ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ortiz has raised his batting average over 60 points in the past four weeks and owns a modest seven-game hitting streak in which he's batting .515 with a 1.628 OPS. The only gamble will be the weather where there is a 30 percent chance of rain at Fenway tonight.
Shane Victorino, RF5/15/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino sat out Thursday's game because of a knee injury. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Instead, Jonny Gomes (.238, 3 HR, 16 RBI) got the start in right field. Consider Victorino (.292, 0 HR, 9 RBI) questionable for tomorrow's series opener against the Tigers.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/15/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Boston 1B Mike Napoli is 5-for-9 (.556) with two homers and six RBI against Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Napoli (.265, 5 HR, 22 RBI) has been consistent in his year plus in Boston, batting in the .260 with an OPS averaging .843.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/14/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: There is no one hotter anywhere in baseball than David Ortiz right now.
Insight: Ortiz has slugged four home runs in the last two games, batted .571 over the past seven days and hit .372 over the past 28 days to bring his average from .239 up to .305.
Shane Victorino, RFHot5/14/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is a safe bet to do some damage today against Twins starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: He's a .471 career hitter against the right-hander. Victorino has gone six for his last 12 to raise his average from .250 to an even .300.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/14/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz blasted two homers Tuesday in a loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Ortiz (4-for-5) has absolutely crushed the Twins throughout his career, collecting a .344 average against them in 55 games. The 38-year-old is on pace for 38 homers this season. That would be Papi's most since 2006 when he led the majors with 54 round-trippers.
Jake Peavy, SP5/13/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Boston has flipped Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront in the starting rotation. Now Peavy will start Tuesday against Minnesota with Doubront throwing on Wednesday.
Insight: The Red Sox are loading up for this weekend's series against the Tigers. They'll have Jon Lester, John Lackey and Peavy for that series, easily their best three starters. Peavy (1-1, 3.09 ERA) has pitched well this season but he hasn't gotten much run support (3.71 runs per game).
Felix Doubront, SP5/13/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront had his start pushed back to Wednesday. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: Doubront (1-3, 5.09 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.09 ERA) are switching places so the Red Sox will only use one left-handed starter this weekend against Detroit. The Red Sox could afford to do this because they've had three off-days in the last week and a half.
Grady Sizemore, CF5/13/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore is back in the starting lineup for the first time since Friday, May 9.
Insight: Sizemore batted over .300 for the first two weeks of the season, but has done little since. From April 15 thru Friday he's batting just .161 with no homers and seven RBI. His return to the lineup shouldn't change any fantasy lineups.
Shane Victorino, RF5/13/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is just a career .150 hitter (6-for-40) with nine strikeouts versus Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: The Flyin' Hawaiian has only played 13 games this season due to injury and should probably be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/11/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a late scratch from Sunday's game.
Insight: Middlebrooks was hit with a pitch on Saturday night and its still sore. This doesn't appear to be too serious. We are waiting for Middlebrooks return to his 2012 production level.
A.J. Pierzynski, C5/10/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Saturday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Pierzynski is hitting .278 with three homers, 16 RBI and a .723 OPS this year. David Ross will be behind the plate, but his .182 batting average and .674 OPS should send fantasy owners running in the opposite direction.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/9/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz has allowed five more earned runs in 36 1/3 innings this year than he gave up in 108 1/3 last season.
Insight: The Rangers crushed Buchholz for 10 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday night. His ERA and WHIP are now 6.44 and 1.73, respectively.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/7/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will get a night off Wednesday against the Reds, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Bogaerts hasn't made a big impact in fantasy leagues so far. He's hitting .280 with one homer, five RBI, 13 runs and one steal. He does have a .394 OBP, however.
A.J. Pierzynski, C5/4/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski homered Sunday against Oakland.
Insight: Pierzynski is hitting .291 with three homers, 15 RBI and a .748 OPS this year. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be much better than that.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/4/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Boston 1B Mike Napoli is getting a day off Sunday against Oakland. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: Napoli (.290, 5 HR, 17 RBI) has had a quiet series, going 1-for-6 with three strikeouts and three walks. Mike Carp (.226, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will get the start at first base.
Jon Lester, SP5/3/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Jon Lester was dealing Saturday in a win over Oakland.
Insight: The left-hander racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing just one hit in eight innings. He'll make his next start Saturday versus Texas.
Shane Victorino, RFHot5/3/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino isn't starting Saturday's game against Oakland. SOURCE: Tony Lee, ESPN Boston
Insight: Victorino has gone seven for his last 16 to raise his average from .133 to .290. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.233, 0 HR, 13 RBI) is starting in right field today with Grady Sizemore (.213, 2 HR, 8 RBI) taking over in center.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/3/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia launched his 100th career home run Friday on a sixth inning grand slam.
Insight: Oakland challenged the ruling but the umpires determined after watching the replay that the ball was not interfered with. Pedroia, who hadn't homered in a game since last September, is hitting .276 with ten RBI this season.
Shane Victorino, RF4/30/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino broke out of a mini-slump by going 4-for-4 Tuesday in a win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: Victorino had been 2-for-15 with five strikeouts in his previous three contests. His return to the lineup after missing the first three weeks with a hamstring injury could mean less playing time for Grady Sizemore (.208, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Jonny Gomes (.230, 2 HR, 8 RBI).
Grady Sizemore, CFCold4/29/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is hitless in 13 at-bats against Rays starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Sizemore is just 2-for-23 over the past six games. Expect Boston to sit him in favor of an outfield of Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley and Jonny Gomes. Update - Sizemore is not in the starting lineup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) with a pair of homers versus Rays left-hander Erik Bedard.
Insight: Fantasy owners looking for Pierzynski to produce at his 2012 level (27 HR, 77 RBI, .827 OPS) will be disappointed, but he should be able to repeat last year's numbers (17 HR, 70 RBI, .722 OPS).
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/27/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has done well against Toronto right-hander R.A. Dickey.
Insight: He has five hits in 12 prior at bats (.417). Pierzynski's 12 RBI ranks tenth among big league catchers. Four of those came yesterday on a third inning grand slam.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/27/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has struggled against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Insight: He has just two hits in 12 trips to the plate against Dickey. Pedroia (.275, 0 HR, 6 RBI) is 3-for-9 in the series with two RBI.
Shane Victorino, RF4/27/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino won't be in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Red Sox on Twitter
Insight: Victorino has gone 2-for-15 in three games since returning from a strained hamstring. Jonny Gomes (.226, 2 HR, 8 RBI) will get the start in right field Sunday in the series finale.
David Ortiz, DH4/27/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is getting the afternoon off Sunday against Toronto. SOURCE: Red Sox on Twitter
Insight: A.J. Pierzynski (.277, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will DH with David Ross (.200, 1 HR, 3 RBI) doing the catching. Ortiz, who was walked three times in four plate appearances on Saturday, has played in 24 of Boston's first 25 games.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/26/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: A.J. Pierzynski powered the Red Sox to victory with his eighth career grand slam Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Pierzynski's blast came as part of a six-run third inning. It was his only hit of the afternoon. He's hitting .277 this year, which is only a few ticks below his career average (.283).
Xander Bogaerts, SS4/26/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Bogaerts is off to a solid start, batting .277 with 10 runs scored. Jonathan Herrera will get a start, but he hasn't shown that he's worthy of attention from fantasy owners.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/26/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 2-for-16 (.125) against Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow.
Insight: This might be a good day to sit him and let Mike Carp get a few at-bats. Napoli is off to a solid start, batting .307 with five homers, 15 RBI and a .947 OPS. Update - Napoli is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/26/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 2-for-16 (.125) againsy Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow.
Insight: This might be a good day to sit him and let Mike Carp get a few at-bats. Napoli is off to a solid start, batting .307 with five homers, 15 RBI and a .947 OPS.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot4/26/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .522 hitter versus Toronto starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Pedroia is 12-for-23 with a pair of homers in their previous matchups. Though not off to a great start this season (.276, 0 HR, 6 RBI) he has multiple hits in five of the last seven games. Start him.
David Ortiz, DH4/26/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with three homers and a 1.524 OPS versus Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Ortiz (.256, .809 OPS) has five home runs this season, including one in the series opener on Friday night. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/25/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and one RBI Friday at Toronto.
Insight: While the first baseman's 26.5 percent K rate is an improvement on last season's 32.4, it's still too high for Napoli to maintain a .307 average. He has hit .393 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is well below league average.
Jake Peavy, SP4/25/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy bounced back from his worst start of the season with seven strong innings Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Peavy gave up five runs on 10 hits Sunday against the Orioles, but he held the Blue Jays to one run on five hits, struck out seven and walked one to pick up his first win of the season. The right-hander has had some control problems (16 BB) but struck out more than a batter per inning (32 K) and posted a 2.87 ERA in 31 1/3 innings.
Grady Sizemore, CFCold4/25/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is not in Friday's starting lineup. The team will go with Jonny Gomes, Jackie Bradley and Shane Victorino
Insight: Sizemore is just 2-for-31 (.064) over the past eight games. This was to be expected from a batter who missed as much time over the past two years as Sizemore has.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/25/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and should move right back into the starting lineup.
Insight: Jonathan Herrera and his .207 batting average will take a seat.
Felix Doubront, SPCold4/24/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront gave up seven runs (three earned) on six hits in 2 2/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees.
Insight: Doubront has a 6.00 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP and a 16/11 K/BB in 24 innings this season. He walks far too many batters to be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Shane Victorino, RF4/24/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is in the starting lineup Thursday against CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
Insight: Victorino is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Sabathia. The outfielder was activated from the disabled list Thursday after missing the first three weeks of the year with a Grade 1 hamstring strain.
Shane Victorino, RF4/24/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is healthy enough to return to the lineup and has a favorable matchup on Thursday for a possible season debut.
Insight: Victorino is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. He's also 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
John Lackey, SP 4/23/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander John Lackey struck out 11 Yankees and allowed one run on seven hits over eight innings in Wednesday's victory.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said Lackey (3-2, 4.22 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) and pitching coach Juan Nieves made some adjustments after Lackey allowed 12 earned runs on 20 hits over 11 innings his last two starts.
Shane Victorino, RF4/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is healthy enough to return but the team will wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, csnne.com.
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox have opted to call up Alex Wilson rather than activate Victorino. The outfielder should be back Thursday and is expected to hit first or second when he returns.
Daniel Nava, LF4/23/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have demoted outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Right-hander Alex Wilson was called up in the corresponding roster move. Nava opened the year as Boston's starting right fielder but after hitting .149 in 17 games, it's clear he wasn't up to the task. Even if we see Nava back in the big leagues this season, he won't be a fantasy option.
Shane Victorino, RF4/23/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is healthy enough to return but the team may wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox may need to call up an arm from Pawtucket to eat up some innings. Either way, Victorino (strained hamstring) should be back with the team later this week.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/22/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli is hitting .286, but his average will soon tumble. He has struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances and hit .370 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is just 11.8 percent.
David Ortiz, DH4/22/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his fourth homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Ortiz (.256, .782 OPS) has gone 6-for-15 with two home runs and three RBI his last four games.
Jon Lester, SP4/22/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester entered Tuesday's game having walked four batters in his first 29 innings this season but he issued four free passes against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester also allowed 11 hits and eight runs, though just three were earned so he was able to walk away with a 2.67 ERA. He struck out seven and has a 9.62 K/9 this season.
Daniel Nava, LF4/22/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava won't be in the lineup Tuesday against New York.
Insight: Nava has had a very poor season offensively (.149, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and is unlikely to be an everyday player when Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) returns from the disabled list later this week.
Shane Victorino, RF4/22/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) could be back Wednesday, according to Sean McAdam of csnne.com.
Insight: Victorino will play his third rehab game Tuesday and should be activated for Wednesday's game unless he suffers a setback. Boston has a crowded outfield at the moment with Jackie Bradley Jr., Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp all seeing action early in the season. The Red Sox are expected to go with Sizemore, Bradley and Victorino as the regular starters and Mike Carp could be the odd man out on the roster.
Grady Sizemore, CFCold4/22/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore's slump continued Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Sizemore went 0-for-4 and is one for his last 26. His averaged has dropped from .343 to .213 during the slump.
Joel Hanrahan, RP4/21/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, reliever Joel Hanrahan worked out for teams on Thursday.
Insight: The Indians, Mets, Red Sox and Tigers are among the teams interested. Hanrahan hasn't pitched in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery early last season.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski will rest on Monday with David Ross getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off with an 11 am starter after a late night. Pierzynski is batting .235 this season with one homer and six RBI. Fantasy owners would like to see the guy who batted .272 with 17 HR and 70 RBI in Texas last season show up soon.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/21/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .500 hitter versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen (11-for-22).
Insight: Pedroia (.260, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is just starting to get it going with five hits in his last three games. He's a premier fantasy second baseman in a favorable matchup who is just finding his batting stroke. Make him a must start on Monday morning.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LFCold4/21/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center and bat eighth for Monday morning's game against Baltimore.
Insight: We're still waiting for the much heralded Bradley to produce. He's batting .220 this season with a .619 OPS.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/21/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is getting Monday morning off.
Insight: The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .228 with two homers and a .654 OPS in 16 games this year. After a quick start, he batting .045 over his last six games. Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the start in center.
Brock Holt, 3B4/21/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox infielder Brock Holt will lead off for the first time this season.
Insight: Holt (.232, 0 HR, 2 RBI) normally bats near the bottom of the Red Sox order. Center fielder Grady Sizemore, who led off Sunday night, gets the day off.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/20/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
Insight: Lauber didn't mention where the rehab assignment will take place but we're betting he'll end up in Triple-A Pawtucket. The plan is for Middlebrooks, who has been out with a strained calf, to return to the majors by next weekend. With Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) also close to returning, Boston has some important roster decisions to make.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/20/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected seven hits in 13 at-bats against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Pedroia (.250) has gone 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles and four walks since he returned to the lineup from wrist inflammation, and he'll face a struggling Jimenez Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH 4/19/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against Baltimore.
Insight: Ortiz is only hitting .239 with a .719 OPS so far. The DH has hit .309 or better the last three seasons so we're confident he'll turn it around.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/19/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski will rest on Saturday with David Ross getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a late night. Pierzynski is batting .255 this season with one homer and six RBI. The Red Sox are hoping for a more production than that.
Ryan Roberts, 3BCold4/18/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.
Insight: Roberts went just 2-for-19 during his brief tenure with the Sox. His roster spot will be filled by Brock Holt.
David Ortiz, DHCold4/18/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the lineup Friday against Baltimore.
Insight: Mike Napoli is starting at DH with Mike Carp getting the nod at first base. A 1-for-20 slump has dropped Ortiz's batting average to .222.
Shane Victorino, RF4/17/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: He strained his hamstring on the last day of spring training. Victorino could be activated as soon as Wednesday. Boston has a crowded outfield at the moment with Jackie Bradley Jr., Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp all seeing action early in the season. Carp (.214, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is likely to be the odd man out when Victorino returns.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/17/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a dislocated finger. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: He's hitting in his usual cleanup spot behind David Ortiz and ahead of Jonny Gomes. Napoli's .302 batting average leads the team.
Koji Uehara, RP4/17/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to be available on Thursday after completing a bullpen session Wednesday.
Insight: Edward Mujica has been serving as Boston's closer while Uehara was sidelined, but blew the save opportunity on Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/16/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been out with inflammation in his wrist. Pedroia will bat leadoff tonight for the 92nd time in his career. He's a .262 lifetime hitter from that spot in the lineup (98-for-374).
Mike Napoli, 1B4/16/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli won't be available Wednesday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's out with a dislocated finger. Daniel Nava (.152, 2 HR, 3 RBI) will step in at first base.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/16/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is just 3-for-21 (.143) against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Sizemore played just 210 games from 2009-11 and missed all of 2012-13, so he hasn't faced Danks since 2008. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .308 with two homers, one steal and an .870 OPS in 11 games this year.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/16/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: If Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (wrist) can return to the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, he'll face a pitcher he's gone 2-for-17 against in John Danks.
Insight: Pedroia had a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist on Tuesday and didn't start for the second straight game. He pinch ran in the ninth inning. The 30-year-old has zero homers, one RBI and a .236 average this season.
Jake Peavy, SPHot4/16/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy has three no decisions in three starts even though he has allowed four runs on 12 hits in 18 2/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy has gone 6+ innings in all three outings. His walk total is high (10 BBs) and he has allowed three home runs, but he has fanned 20 batters and allowed just four total line drives.
Mike Napoli, 1B 4/16/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger during Tuesday's game, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He's day-to-day.
Insight: He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into second base in the ninth inning. The finger looked pretty mangled but he managed to escape without a fracture or strain.
Koji Uehara, RP4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to be available on Thursday, according to Sean McAdam of csnne.com.
Insight: Uehara rejoined the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. He long-tossed Tuesday and will throw a bullpen Wednesday. Edward Mujica will serve as Boston's closer until Uehara is ready.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/15/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was given a cortisone shot in his injured wrist. He expects to return Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Pedroia played all of last season with a torn muscle in his thumb and only wound up missing two games. You have to admire Pedroia's toughness, though it's a little concerning he only has nine home runs in his last 758 at bats.
Koji Uehara, RP4/14/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara has no structural damage in his shoulder, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Uehara will rejoin the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. The Red Sox went to Edward Mujica for a save Friday and he converted it.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold4/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has no fracture or structural damage in his left wrist, according to Rob Bradford of weei.com.
Insight: Pedroia should avoid the disabled list and may even rejoin the lineup Tuesday at Chicago. The 30-year-old missed Sunday's series finale against the rival Yankees and went 7-for-45 (.156) over his last 10 games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold4/13/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's lineup and is going back to Boston for tests on his sore left wrist. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, espnboston.com.
Insight: If Pedroia has to go on the disabled list, the Red Sox would probably fill the spot with Ryan Roberts, though they may go the bold route and call up Mookie Betts from Double-A Portland. Betts is hitting .457 with six extra-base hits and four steals in 35 at-bats this season and is ranked as Boston's No. 6 prospect by MLB.com. We'll see how Pedroia's tests go.
Koji Uehara, RP4/12/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara is scheduled to long toss on Sunday. If he's unable to, the Red Sox will probably send him back to Boston to get his shoulder looked at. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Koji is battling a stiff shoulder, which is why Edward Mujica pitched the ninth inning last night against New York. The 39-year-old could be looking at a stint on the 15-day DL.
Edward Mujica, RP4/12/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Edward Mujica will fill in at closer until Koji Uehara heals from a stiff shoulder.
Insight: Mujica had one very poor outing against Milwaukee (4 H, 4 ER in 2/3 of an inning) but has looked sharp in his other three appearances. He's definitely worth adding, especially if Uehara lands on the disabled list.
Jon Lester, SP4/12/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Jon Lester recently turned down a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The offer was reportedly worth between $70-80 million. Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) figures he can make more on the open market this winter and he's probably right. Still, it's hard to envision him playing for anyone other than the Red Sox.
Koji Uehara, RP4/12/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Nothing has been officially announced but Red Sox closer Koji Uehara last pitched on Wednesday and Edward Mujica closed on Friday night.
Insight: Uehara (two saves, 0.00 ERA) is apparently dealing with shoulder stiffness. He has not been sent back to Boston for further exam, so hopefully its just a short-term issue.
David Ortiz, DH4/12/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .588 hitter (10-for-17) versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ortiz is batting .286 this spring with a pair of homers and eight RBI. The Red Sox DH is a career .318 hitter against the Yankees and a .316 in Yankee Stadium. Start him.
Koji Uehara, RP4/11/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox went to Edward Mujica for the save in a 4-2 game Friday night instead of Koji Uehara.
Insight: Uehara (two saves, 0.00 ERA) last pitched on April 9 so he was rested. We'll see what manager John Farrell says in the post-game presser.
Jon Lester, SP4/11/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester is off to a good start for the second straight season. The 30-year-old left-hander has a 20/4 K/BB and a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 innings.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/11/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Sizemore broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with the blast off CC Sabathia. He's hitting .333 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and a steal this season.
Garin Cecchini, 3B4/11/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox minor league 3B Garin Cecchini is off to a fast start, batting .320 through his first nine games.
Insight: Cecchini has batted over .300 for the past two seasons and on many clubs would be in the majors, but his way is blocked by Will Middlebrooks. It may take an injury or trade to get him to the majors.
David Ortiz, DH4/9/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz socked a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: It was Ortiz' second homer of the season. He also had a double. The DH has been dealing with some calf tightness but it isn't considered serious at this time.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/9/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore will be given the day off Wednesday versus Texas. SOURCE: Marty Gitlin, CBS Sports
Insight: Sizemore is only a .228 career hitter against left-handers so it makes sense to sit him today against Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA). Jackie Bradley Jr. (.400, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is filling in at center field.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LFHot4/9/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. could remain in the starting lineup even after Shane Victorino returns from a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Bradley's defense has been better than Grady Sizemore's and it's possible the team could move Sizemore to left field while using Bradley as the everyday center fielder. Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp could all see their playing time reduced if Bradley keeps up his torrid hot streak (.421 AVG over his last five games).
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/8/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski has put together back-to-back three-hit games.
Insight: The Red Sox as a whole have had a great series offensively (.389 AVG, 11 RBI), yet it's tied 1-1 heading into Wednesday night's rubber match. Pierzynski (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI) had just two hits all season prior to this series.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/8/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is having a great series against his former team.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 Tuesday and is now 6-for-10 against Texas over the last two games. Napoli (.364, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is usually a swing for the fences guy but all six of his hits this series have been singles.
Felix Doubront, SPCold4/8/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront got lit up Tuesday in a loss to Texas (6 H, 3 BB, 5 ER).
Insight: He lasted just 2 2/3 innings. Doubront (1-1, 9.00 ERA) has never finished with an ERA lower than four and his strikeout to walk ratio was one of the worst in MLB last season (1.96). He's not a reliable fantasy option and never has been.
Craig Breslow, RP4/8/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow is expected to be activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against Texas. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: He's been out with a shoulder injury. Breslow was excellent last season (5-2, 1.81 ERA) and should serve as Boston's left-handed specialist out of the pen.
Ryan Roberts, 2B4/8/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox newly-acquired infielder Ryan Roberts will make his debut on Tuesday night at third base.
Insight: Roberts was cut by the Cubs last month after hitting .237 in spring training. He's insurance for the injured Will Middlebrooks. The last time he was fantasy relevant was 2010 when he smacked 19 homers and stole 18 bases for Arizona.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/7/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski drilled three hits Monday against Texas.
Insight: He only had two hits combined in his first five games. All five of Pierzynski's hits this season have been singles.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/7/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli stayed hot with three hits Monday in a victory over the Rangers.
Insight: The 32-year-old is tied for third in the American League with seven RBI this season. Napoli has gone 6-for-14 during his three-game hitting streak (.429 AVG).
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF4/7/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. collected three hits Monday in a 5-1 win over Texas.
Insight: He's done a nice job filling in for Shane Victorino with a .375 average in six appearances. Monday was Bradley's second career three-hit game.
John Lackey, SPHot4/7/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander John Lackey improved to 2-0 Monday with a win over Texas.
Insight: He allowed one unearned run in seven innings. Lackey (1.38 ERA) didn't win his second game until May 19th last season. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Yankees.
Ryan Roberts, 2B4/7/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have signed infielder Ryan Roberts to a one-year deal.
Insight: He'll give the team some insurance at third base while Middlebrooks is out with a calf strain. Roberts was cut by the Cubs last month after hitting .237 in spring training.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/6/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Middlebrooks is out with a strained calf. Former Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera has started the last two games at third base for Boston.
David Ortiz, DH4/6/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the lineup after getting Saturday's game off, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Ortiz got in a pinch-hitting appearance in Saturday's 11-inning loss to the Brewers. He's hitting .333 with one homer and one strikeout this season.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/6/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been diagnosed with a calf strain, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Middlebrooks was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to the injury. He'll undergo an MRI Sunday morning.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/5/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a right calf cramp, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Boston also scratched Mike Carp (lower-back tightness) and David Ortiz is getting the night off, so Daniel Nava (1B), Jonny Gomes (LF) and Jonathan Herrera (3B) all started.
Mike Carp, 1B4/5/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Mike Carp was scratched from Boston's lineup Saturday due to lower-back tightness, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: David Ortiz is not in the lineup so Carp was starting at first base and Mike Napoli at DH in the initial lineup Saturday. Daniel Nava will move to first and Jonny Gomes will start in left field against the Brewers.
David Ortiz, DH4/5/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Saturday night's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Ortiz is off quickly this season, batting .353 in the early going. It appears to just be a day off. Mike Napoli is the DH and Mike Carp is at first.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/5/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore is in the leadoff spot for Saturday night's game with Milwaukee.
Insight: Considering his time sidelined by injury Sizemore is off to a quick start this season (.300, 1 HR) and will get a shot at the top of the lineup. If successful this could further increase his fantasy value.
Mike Carp, 1B4/4/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: With Shane Victorino out with a strained hamstring, Mike Carp is in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: He's playing left field and batting fifth. He's yet to prove that he's a full-time player or fantasy worthy starter.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/3/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore isn't in Thursday night's starting lineup. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: Jackie Bradley Jr. is making his first start of the season. Sizemore blasted his first home run in almost three years Monday in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot4/3/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .579 hitter against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Pedroia is off to a hot start, collecting multiple hits in each of the first two games this season. He's a must start on Thursday.
John Lackey, SP4/2/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey tossed six innings and allowed two runs on three hits to beat the Orioles in his first start of the season.
Insight: Lackey was horrible in 2011 (6.41 ERA in 160 innings) and he missed all of 2012, but the right-hander was revitalized in 2013 after getting in better shape and had a 3.52 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 189 1/3 innings. He has remained in good shape and should have an ERA below 4.00 again.
David Ortiz, DH4/2/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz smacked a two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez of the Orioles Wednesday for his first of the year.
Insight: Ortiz hit 30 homers last season and has batted at least .309 in three straight years. Health is the only concern with the 38-year-old Red Sox DH.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/2/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia had four hits and two runs Wednesday at Baltimore.
Insight: Pedroia is off to a hot start, collecting multiple hits in each of the first two games this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/2/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in five at-bats Wednesday at Baltimore.
Insight: Napoli hit .259 with 23 homers and a career-high 92 RBI last season. He has less fantasy value this year because he doesn't hold catcher eligibility, however.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/31/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore hit his first home run in 990 days on Opening Day against Baltimore.
Insight: His last home run in the big leagues also came at Camden Yards. He missed all of 2012 and 2013 due to injuries after playing just 104 games combined in 2010 and 2011, but he beat out Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting job this spring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3/31/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has never gotten a hit against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: In fact, in 14 plate appearances, he's never even reached base against him. Middlebrooks represents one of the biggest question marks in Boston's lineup after struggling to a .227 average in 348 at bats last season.
A.J. Pierzynski, C3/31/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-10 in his career versus O's starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Pierzynski (.283 lifetime average) is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball but we're not expecting much from him Monday with Tillman (16-7, 3.71 ERA in 2013) throwing for Baltimore.
David Ortiz, DH3/31/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz could be in for a rough afternoon Monday against Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz has never figured out Tillman, hitting just .063 against him in 16 at bats. Overall, Tillman went 3-1 in six starts versus Boston last season with a 2.65 ERA
Daniel Nava, LF3/31/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Daniel Nava will hit leadoff and start in right field Monday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: Nava spent most of his time hitting sixth last season but will step into the leadoff role while Shane Victorino is sidelined with a hamstring injury. His batting average (.303) was the eighth-highest in the American League last season.
Mike Carp, 1B3/31/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: With Shane Victorino out with a strained hamstring, Mike Carp will move into the starting lineup Monday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's playing left field and batting fifth. Despite hitting .296 across 216 at bats last season, Carp is likely to be in a platoon situation with Jonny Gomes.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF3/31/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox have re-called outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Well, that was quick. Bradley was sent to the minors last week but is already needed in Boston with Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) headed to the disabled list. Bradley hit .189 in 95 at bats in the major leagues last season.
Shane Victorino, RF3/31/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Boston has placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring.
Insight: Jackie Bradley Jr. has been called up from Triple-A to take his place. Daniel Nava will start at right field Monday versus the Orioles.
Shane Victorino, RF3/31/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is unlikely to suit up Monday against the Orioles. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: He hurt his hamstring in Boston's final spring training game this past weekend. We'd expect Jonny Gomes (.247, 13 HR, 52 RBI in 2013) to get the start in his place.
Shane Victorino, RF3/29/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino re-injured his hamstring on Saturday. He's on his way to Boston for an MRI. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: That puts Victorino's status in doubt for Monday's season opener in Balimore. With Victorino sidelined, the Red Sox would likely use Jonny Gomes in left field with Daniel Nava moving over to right. If Victorino lands on the disabled list, there's a good chance Boston would call up Jackie Bradley from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley was one of the last players cut when the team finalized its 25-man roster earlier this week.
Jon Lester, SP3/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says the team is pressing the "pause button" on contract negotiations with Jon Lester. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Cherington expects the two sides to re-visit the deal before the offseason. Keep in mind, Dustin Pedroia signed his eight-year extension last July. We're confident a deal will get done sooner or later.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/28/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Grady Sizemore will be Boston's Opening Day center fielder, according to Gordon Edes of espnboston.com. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Sizemore has hit .333 with one home run and an .842 OPS in 39 at-bats this spring. The 31-year-old Sizemore is a former 30-30 man but that was back in 2008; he missed all of the last two seasons after playing 104 games combined in 2010-11 due to injuries. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Sizemore will hit in the middle of the order rather than leadoff, so he could have good value as a run producer.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF3/28/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Jackie Bradley has been sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Bradley lost the battle with Grady Sizemore after batting just .158 this spring and .189 last year. Of course, Sizemore has a long history of injury and Bradley could be back with the big club soon.
Daniel Nava, LF3/28/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava could see a lot of work at the top of the Boston lineup this season.
Insight: Nava and Grady Sizemore have been the two players at the top of the Red Sox lineup the past week and manager manager John Farrell said Sizemore would bat in the middle of the lineup. Translation: Nava must be the leadoff guy. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he batted .303 with 12 homers, 66 RBI, 77 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/27/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that if CF Grady Sizemore makes the Opening Day roster, he will almost always bat in the middle of the order, not leadoff, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Sizemore has hit .306 with one home runs and a .759 OPS in 36 at-bats this spring. He's battling Jackie Bradley Jr. (.167 this spring) for the starting center-field job. The 31-year-old Sizemore is a former 30-30 man but that was back in 2008; he missed all of the last two seasons after playing 104 games combined in 2010-11 due to injuries.
Shane Victorino, RF3/27/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (side) played a minor league game without any issues Thursday, according to csnne.com.
Insight: Victorino was scratched with left side discomfort on Tuesday. He should be ready for Opening Day after Thursday's development.
Shane Victorino, RF3/26/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (side) will miss his second straight game Wednesday, according to Jason Mastrodonato of masslive.com.
Insight: Victorino was scratched with left side discomfort on Tuesday and is still hurting. However, he said he'll be ready for Monday's season opener.
Jon Lester, SP3/24/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are hoping to sign Jon Lester to a contract extension before the end of spring training. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: They took care of David Ortiz yesterday (one-year, $16 million extension) and now it's Lester's turn. Lester enjoyed a nice bounceback season in 2013, posting a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts. He'll get the start Opening Day against Baltimore next Monday.
David Ortiz, DH3/23/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz have agreed to a one-year contract extension. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: An announcement is expected to be made on Monday. According to reports, Ortiz's 2015 salary will pay him $16 million so he's getting a slight raise. He's our 74th ranked fantasy player heading into the 2014 campaign.
David Ortiz, DH3/21/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is close to signing a one-year contract extension. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: It's supposedly "in the neighborhood" of $15 million, which is how much Ortiz will make in 2014. There was never any question that Ortiz would finish his career in Boston. He's hit at least .300 in each of his last three seasons.
Stephen Drew, SS3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Stephen Drew seems like an obvious fit for the Tigers now that Jose Iglesias (shin) could miss most of the season.
Insight: Scott Boras has the Tigers right where he wants them. Drew is an above average defensive player with decent power for a middle infielder. Though nothing has been decided yet, this deal makes too much sense not to happen.
Clay Buchholz, SP3/12/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: WEEI's Rob Bradford is reporting that Clay Buchholz will open the season as Boston's No. 5 starter.
Insight: That might be the right place for Buchholz given how fragile he's been in the past. In seven major league seasons, the two-time All-Star has never made more than 29 starts.
Shane Victorino, RF3/8/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino may give up hitting from the left side of the plate altogether, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, though Victorino said "no decision's been made."
Insight: A leg injury prevented him from hitting lefty late last season and throughout the playoffs. He hit .314 with six homers and an .861 OPS in 169 at-bats as a lefty last season but in his career has been a much better right-handed hitter than a left-handed one.
Jake Peavy, SP3/7/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Jake Peavy hopes to make his spring training debut March 13th against Minnesota. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA) cut his finger last weekend but it wasn't on his pitching hand. It doesn't sound like Peavy is in any danger of missing the start of the regular season.
Jake Peavy, SP3/4/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (finger) may not be ready in time for the start of the regular season, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Peavy suffered a deep laceration on his left index finger with a fishing knife. He was able to throw on Tuesday but hasn't been cleared to put his glove on. "We've got an opportunity to keep his arm moving, keep him in shape," said manager John Farrell. "He'll stretch a little bit with long toss today and the plan is for him to throw a bullpen tomorrow, without a glove. The precaution we have to take right now is making sure he doesn't perspire too much that may cause bacteria or whatever to get into the incision that's still closing up."
Jake Peavy, SP3/2/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy won't throw for at least three days after suffering a lacerated left index finger on Saturday. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Peavy was scratched from a Grapefruit League start after cutting his finger with a fishing knife. According to Boston manager John Farrell, Peavy "almost cut through his finger," so he may have to miss more than one start. The good news is that the injury was to his non-throwing hand. "The fact is, we can pad that index finger to his glove hand," Farrell said. "It's nowhere near the impact had it been the other hand."
Daniel Nava, LF2/28/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava (neck) will play Saturday.
Insight: Nava will be making his Grapefruit League debut after sitting out this week with a pinched nerve in his neck. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he batted .303 with 12 homers, 66 RBI, 77 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games. He played primarily against lefties and will do so again this season.
Shane Victorino, RF2/27/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino has been working through issues involving his "core strength," manager John Farrell said. However, he's expected to be ready well before Opening Day. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Farrell said Victorino reported to camp in good shape even though he underwent right thumb surgery in November. The 33-year-old outfielder dealt with several nagging injuries last season and only played 122 games, so the Red Sox are trying to avoid that happening again. Victorino hit .294 with 15 homers, 82 runs, 21 steals and an .802 OPS in his first year in Boston.
Grady Sizemore, CF2/27/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore played left field and went 0-for-2 in his first action since 2011.
Insight: The 31-year-old once posted a 30-30 season, but that was a lieftime ago - in 2008. It remains to be seen if he can help the Red Sox or fantasy owners this season.
Stephen Drew, SS2/26/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Stephen Drew's agent Scott Boras says that Drew would be willing to move to second base full-time for the right price. SOURCE: Max Wildstein, MLBlogs
Insight: Toronto and the Mets are considered the favorites to land Drew at this point, though an official signing may not come until the regular season is already underway. We've heard dozens of rumors about Drew (.253, 13 HR, 67 RBI) this offseason so take everything you hear with a grain of salt.
Mike Carp, 1B2/23/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox 1B/OF Mike Carp has been taking reps at third base during spring training. Carp played 29 games at first base last season and 43 at the two corner outfield positions. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Versatility is always nice and it could give Carp (.296, 9 HR, 43 RBI in 2013) more at bats, especially if the team winds up trading Will Middlebrooks. With that said, the Red Sox contemplated a similar conversion with Mike Napoli last year and never went through with it. Until we actually see Carp play third base in a game, his fantasy value shouldn't change.
Chris Capuano, SP2/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Chris Capuano's new one-year deal with the Red Sox is worth $2.25 million. SOURCE: Ron Chimelis, Springfield Republican
Insight: With Ryan Dempster taking the year off, Capuano (4-7, 4.26 ERA) will function as the team's primary long reliever. He'll be worth an add if one of Boston's starters gets hurt.
Ryan Dempster, SP2/16/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster told reporters Sunday that he will not pitch in 2014, citing "physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids." SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com.
Insight: Dempster had a 4.57 ERA in 171 1/3 innings last season after signing a two-year, $26.5 million contract with Boston. He'll be placed on the restricted list and won't receive the $13.25 million he was slated to earn in 2014. The Sox will go with Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront in the rotation unless they sign a replacement with the money Dempster vacated.
Jake Peavy, SP2/14/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Jake Peavy left spring training on Friday with both his wrist and ring finger wrapped in a bandage, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Peavy hasn't been a fantasy stud since 2007, though he did pitch well last season, going 12-5 with 121 Ks in 144 2/3 IP. This injury shouldn't sideline him for more than a day or two.
Stephen Drew, SS2/5/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Despite their interest, the Mets aren't likely to sign shortstop Stephen Drew. SOURCE: Ken Davidoff, New York Post
Insight: Drew supposedly has two offers in place but is holding out for a three-year deal. With so few viable options at shortstop, the soft-hitting Drew (.264 career average) remains a fantasy consideration.
David Ortiz, DH2/2/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Veteran designated hitter David Ortiz has softened his demands after calling the Red Sox out during a television appearance last week. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: Who is Papi kidding? He's not going anywhere. The reigning World Series MVP says all he's looking for is a one-year extension. The Red Sox don't want Ortiz (.309, 30 HR, 103 RBI in 2013) to leave either so we'd expect the two sides to come to an agreement sooner rather than later.
David Ortiz, DH1/27/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: For the first time, Boston DH David Ortiz acknowledged that he could play elsewhere if the Red Sox don't honor his request for a multi-year contract. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: It may sound like Ortiz is being pushy but after winning the World Series MVP, he deserves to be compensated. We can't imagine Ortiz playing for another team and it's likely the two sides will work out a deal before Papi reaches free agency.
Stephen Drew, SS1/23/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees haven't ruled out the possibility of signing shortstop Stephen Drew.
Insight: With Derek Jeter at shortstop, Drew would probably spend most of his time at second base if he went to New York. Drew put together a solid regular season (.253, 13 HR, 67 RBI) for the Red Sox in 2013 but was awful in the playoffs, collecting just six hits in 54 at bats (.111 AVG). For all his struggles at the plate, the 30-year-old has always been an excellent defensive player.
Jon Lester, SP1/23/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester acknowledged that he'd be willing to take a paycut to stay with the Red Sox. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: His contract expires after the 2014 season. We expect the two sides will have a new deal in place by the time spring training rolls around. Lester is coming off a resurgent 2013 campaign that included 15 wins and a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason appearances.
Grady Sizemore, CF1/22/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: In a surprise move, the Red Sox and outfielder Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: It's a major league deal, which means Sizemore could compete with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting center field job out of spring training. The 31-year-old used to steal tons of bases (38 in 2008) but he hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011. It will be interesting to see what he has left in the tank. We wouldn't rule Sizemore out as a fantasy option just yet.

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